Young, Autistic and Stagestruck, the final

Last night saw the final of Young, Autistic and Stagestruck.

Autism - Young, Autistic and Stagestruck - image -

As the series followed the blossoming friendships, the arguments and aggression, the fears and reservations of nine youngsters with autism, we were left wondering if a final stage play would be possible.

But it’s of little importance whether the group put on a theatrical masterpiece worthy of the West End, but instead what the participants and audience took away from the experience.

As even one of the mothers admitted, before she had a child with autism her perception and knowledge of the disability consisted solely of the film Rain Man (where one of the lead characters has a severe form of autism). My hope therefore is that this series will open people’s eyes to how wide the spectrum of autism is and how it can manifests itself. It’s shown not only the challenges faced by those with autism and their parents, but also the ways in which people can still develop and learn to live with this disability.

I digress by mentioning an inspirational talk given by Temple Grandin who has high-functioning autism. She has truly embraced her autism, and is passionate about changing people’s misconceptions of the disability; “[to some] it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can”.

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Recently an awareness project was launched in Wales providing training on the autistic spectrum for schools and businesses. Its aim is to give people an understanding of how to help those with autism to live productive lives and thus provide them with greater opportunities.

I’m not suggesting for one minute that autism can be cured, and I know that some forms are far more disabling than other. But the key is to embrace it and make sure those with autism get the education, confidence and independence that they deserve.

Don’t fret if you have missed it, you can catch up on Channel 4oD.


May 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment.


  1. Cripz: A Webcomic replied:

    Glee. But good….

    It appears the disabled are taking over the airwaves in Britain on a show called Young, Autistic and Stagestruck, which is apparently a “…landmark series [that] follows nine autistic youngsters as they attempt to produce their very own stag…

  2. Glee. But good. « Jeffrey Preston Jeffrey Preston replied:

    […] Anyway, I first found out about this show from a cute little blog called “Inspire Blog,” who blogged about it here. […]

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