HomeautismAutism Documentary Review – Sounding the Alarm: Battling the Autism Epidemic

Thought I’d miss a day, huh? Nope! The majority of the day was just spent away from the computer. Part of this morning was spent watching a documentary on Netflix about autism, Sounding the Alarm: Battling the Autism Epidemic.

In short, I liked it about as much as I thought I would, which was not much. The only things I approved of in the film was the highlight of how difficult it is for families to get the care their loved ones need, the lack of services for adults with autism, the representation of multiple racial groups and the fact politicians rarely care about it, unless there’s money backing the idea.

Otherwise, it was basically just an hour long advertisement for Autism Speaks. The only time people who were actually on the spectrum were interviewed was when they were asked if they liked their jobs, what they liked the most about them, and what they think they’d be doing if they didn’t have them.

The documentary didn’t address what the autistic folks thought about their autism or the way it effected their lives. It was treated like a dread disease, as the title suggested in the first place, and the only people whose experiences were documented were the parents.

It was also extremely male oriented. There was a picture of one girl on the spectrum when they mentioned girls can also have autism, but otherwise, there were only boys and men represented.

While I can usually recommend most documentaries to at least a small number of people, this one I’d advise against seeing. You can find the same information elsewhere on the internet and in other documentaries. This one is good marketing, but it’s not particularly informative.

Had I not been crocheting as I watched it, that would have been an hour wasted.

The only benefit to the time spent watching this film.


Autism Documentary Review – Sounding the Alarm: Battling the Autism Epidemic — 2 Comments

  1. That's too bad – an agenda disguised as a documentary. My brother in law has autism. I never would have wanted to see him in a documentary like this.

  2. I'm always saddened and angered when I come across this sort of thing, and the worst part is that these types of documentaries are the easiest things for people who want/need to learn more about autism to absorb. The people who made it did a great job of making it look like Autism Speaks is the only effective organization for families to turn to, which I think is probably why they were hired to do it.

    I wouldn't want your brother-in-law to be exploited like that, either, and it's heartbreaking that so many folks on the spectrum have been.

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