The Good Doctor Steps Forward. Now Let’s Take Another Step.

Now, I’ve had time to process the fact that “The Good Doctor” has taken a step forward: in the hiring of an actually autistic actor. To be blunt, he played the patient of the day. It’s really good, guys. I am happy you’ve hired somebody who has true insight into autism. The reason is this: a lot of people outside the autism spectrum get major tenets of autism wrong. For example, we’re still fighting the “No Empathy” stereotype even today and probably tomorrow. But I digress. Bravo, Good Doctor.Β 

What I am now waiting for is a series recurring or regular autistic actor, a la “Speechless.” Speechless has the Good Doctor beat in the series regular Micah Fowler, who of course plays J.J. DiMeo. Sure, he has trouble delivering his lines, but the character has built-in supports and more than enough nonverbal expression to carry himself around the obstacles the actor and character face. It is sensitive, funny and even has a filled-out set of characters for the siblings, parents and aides. The reason I wax about “Speechless” in a post about The Good Doctor? I know The Good Doctor can make the same jump in some way or another. Perhaps in a consultant or recurring patient? It is quite doable. Β 

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cambriaj1977

Autistic woman in her 40s, bringing attention to issues that affect her and her kind.

2 thoughts on “The Good Doctor Steps Forward. Now Let’s Take Another Step.”

  1. Reblogged this on Laina's Collection – sharing Aspergian/autistic writing and commented:
    Although I have yet to see The Good Doctor, I really want to; I mean, it’s David Shore! The same genius who created House MD! But I’ve been reading a lot about it lately, enough to get the gist of what it’s all about, and this is probably one of the best write ups I’ve seen about this show. And I love where this post goes next. Thanks for writing this! Wonderful post πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’–

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