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Your reactions: How ABC portrays autism in 'The Good Doctor'

Morning Call - 10/31/2017

Oct. 31--ABC's "The Good Doctor" is not the first show to feature a main character who is on the autism spectrum -- "Atypical" on Netflix and, some argue, "The Big Bang Theory" are other examples. But it's the most high-profile and has thus far garnered a large swath of positive attention on social media for its portrayal of a high-functioning adult with autism.

In the series, Freddie Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, a talented young surgeon navigating daily life and work at a prestigious hospital while living with autism and savant syndrome.

Nearly 6,000 people reacted to a post of our recent article on Autism Speaks' Facebook page, and more than 650 people commented. Here's a sampling of what the community is saying.

Several people who have autism said they think Highmore is relatable in his role:

Many people with autistic children find similar relief:

Some criticism highlights the fact that Highmore's character is also a genius, perhaps inaccurately portraying what it can be like to live with autism for people who are on different parts of the spectrum:

However, Dr. Murphy's profound success provides hope and encouragement for others:

But the most common sentiment expressed is of how large the autism spectrum is, and with that said, that Highmore's performance accurately depicts what many do see:


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