I see that soon a new documentary film which appears to extoll the virtues of neurodiversity is slated to air on PBS on Monday, July 29, at 10 p.m. I looked at my local PBS station for the listings though and could not find it. But hopefully I will see it eventually. Perhaps I should not judge this film before seeing it, but it seems heavily pro neurodiversity. Here is the trailer: We see a gentleman stating that he is opposed to people trying to cure him and that being a neurotypical is not a better way of life but a different way of life. First of all, a cure for autism does not exist and in the words of Far From The Tree author Andrew Solomon it's sort of like arguing intergalactic space travel. If a cure did exist I would not be in favor of forcing it on this individual. I would want a cure for myself and for others who need it.
I believe being a neurotypical is a better way of life. I don't see how anyone can argue, not having decent interpersonal relationships including marriage, being able to earn a decent living and being able to be productive and get things done during the day is not a better way of life. Certainly those on the severe end of the spectrum who can't speak, aren't toilet trained and self injure themselves are certainly leading a different way of life, but it certainly isn't better.
I also see ASAN's Paula Westby Durbin is featured in this too, so more evidence of a pro neurodiverse documentary.
I hope that no one will take this documentary seriously and that research leading to finding legitimate treatments and ultimately to a cure will still be pursued. If I ever see this documentary I may have more to say about it. Stay tuned.