"ATYPICAL" is about a family with a son on the autism spectrum and how they learn how to respect his difference.
It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, who somehow didn't become a legend although she was truly one of the best actors of her generation.
The boy, Sam, has a sister who has her own teenage crosses to bear, but who also kind of looks out for him at school. And he has an odd but still neurotypical girlfriend. (Making the point, I think, that neurotypical is a way broad category on its own.)
There's an early episode in which Sam wants to take his girlfriend to a high school dance, but can't. Why? Because he can't stand the loudness of the music, it overwhelms him and gives him uncontrollable anxiety. Sam tells his girlfriend (or his sister, I forget which) that what he would like would be for the dance to be held in silence. Sam thinks this is not an unreasonable ask (which is played for laughs, part of the humor of the show), but unbeknownst to him, his sister (or girlfriend, I forget which) takes him seriously.
The episode ends with a silent high school auditorium filled with dancing kids all wearing bluetooth headphones.
Which is to say that unreasonable is in the eye of the beholder.
Which is to say, when it comes to the current drive for accessibility in eLearning (maybe all training, but my experience is with eLearning), it occurs to me that I've never seen guidelines that take into account different neuroprofiles within the population.
What do people on the spectrum think of it? Stephanie Bethany youtubed her thoughts, below.
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