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The second season was recently released and I already can’t wait for season three.
Learn more about what Autism looks like in different people
During a conversation I had with someone recently, I brought up this show and the first thing he asked was, “wait, what’s autism?”. I think I take it for granted that many of us actually know what it is but it is important to note that there are people who have no clue what autism is. In taking steps to becoming a more inclusive society and understanding that not all disabilities are visible to the naked eye, raising awareness is key.
So, what IS autism? According to Autism Speaks, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication”.
This short series follows young adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate the complex world of dating, a challenging task for an individual with autism. Here’s where the heroine steps in.
Jodi Rodgers and her amazing profession as a…
Relationship coach. You’re probably wondering what’s that about, teaching someone how to be in a relationship…? Yes, partially correct. Jodi, who has extensive experience working with people with varying disabilities for many years, plays the important role of helping specially-abled people with developing social skills and understanding their emotions and feelings.
You’ll realise that more often than not, more support is given to children who are diagnosed with autism at a young age as compared to them as adults. Frankly, I only knew about there being a relationship coach for people with disabilities after watching this show. It never crossed my mind that it’s something that like many of us, they need help with. While we can turn to relationship experts such as Matthew Hussey or read about tips that could help us in the dating world, people with autism do require more assistance and resources in this area as it involves many social cues and non-verbal communication that they have difficulty understanding on their own. That bring us to the next point.
How they’re not that different from us
While we think about the differently-abled learning life skills on looking after themselves, having a job etc., we seem to forget that like us, they do yearn to connect and and form relationships, start a family perhaps.
It’s a series that broadens our perspective and allows us to take a peek into the lives of people with autism.
Watch Season 1 and 2 trailers here: