I just saw "neurotypical". Naturally I was piqued by the trailer of the black guy in the movie saying he did not want to be cured and a neurotypical life was not necessarily better than an autistic life. This would also pique pro ND people, anti ND people as well as others not as jaded as myself, who would be shocked to believe anyone could say such a thing if they have newly diagnosed children and are new to the whole autism scene.
The girl talking about how just because dating does not happen to Temple Grandin does not mean it doesn't happens to others was slightly interesting and provided a smidgen of comic relief.
Most of the documentary was rather boring. Not much insight into what life is like for an autistic, even a higher functioning one. Mostly boring discourses about playing tag, how they feel about certain social interactions, etc.
It became slightly more interesting when ASAN member Paula Westby-Durbin came on, stating that she had not heard about PDD or autism until about 2006 (when she would have been well into middle age) and then apparently got a diagnosis somewhere but is quite vague as to where and on what basis she was diagnosed. I had wondered about her and I wonder what sort of childhood she had and if her parents sought medical treatment for her as a child. She gives some slight explanations such as she lacked friends growing up, yet was successfully able to find a husband and apparently has a job where she will be paying off a mortgage on a house.
At the end of the documentary, they show captions giving the names of these people and a little bit on their background. Apparently, the filming was not done properly and there was not enough room on the screen to read everything and they were flashed for not nearly long enough for anyone to really take it in and read it properly. I'm perplexed as to why PBS would air something so poorly edited.
Adam Larsen, the filmmaker, gave some commentary at the very end which started out as somewhat astute stating that the media only concentrated on severe children or people who were savants. Though the latter may be true, I'm not even sure how the former is true. He then went on to talk about how a number of autistics don't want to be cured and are comfortable with who they are. Then stated his own bias where he apparently believes that autism is a legitimate form of neurology rather than disease.
It's unfortunate they did such a good job of marketing the film but the content was so lacking.
I'm still waiting for someone to make a documentary about autistic children in special schools, frustrated with their life and as adults, frustrated that they can't keep a job or find a mate. However, I won't hold my breath.