For once, an autistic role will be played by an autistic actor

It's not only reasonable to criticize the casting of non-transgender individuals as transgender characters or to bemoan the whitewashing of nonwhite characters. It's necessary.

Yet, to this date, there's been little outcry when neurotypical individuals portray autistic characters. If Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”) or Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory”) are autistic, the rest of the world doesn’t know about it. For the most part, autistic characters are played by actors who pantomime what they believe autism to be like.

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