New Documentary Sets Out to Challenge Our Perception of Autism

Bonnie Evie Gifford
By Bonnie Evie Gifford,
updated on May 10, 2018

New Documentary Sets Out to Challenge Our Perception of Autism

Cases of diagnosed autism are at an all-time high in the UK, but experts think the true number may be higher than we realise

With one in every 100 people thought to be autistic in the UK, experts believe the true figures may be even higher. Channel 4's latest documentary, Are You Autistic looks to highlight the lost generation of adults going through life without a diagnosis.


Autistic adults Sam and Georgia aim to tackle misconceptions about autism

Presented by Anna Richardson, trainee human rights lawyer Georgia, and artist Sam, the show aims to uncover the true face of autism in the UK. Working closely with experts, charities, and people across the autistic spectrum, the one-off documentary includes a unique experiment by a team of experts.

Professor Francesca Happe from Kings College London, Professor Liz Pellicano from UCL, and Dr Anna Remington from UCLA test musician, JP, and mother of three, Joanna, to discover if they may be on the spectrum.

Joanna Hoskins, 35 said "I think I just need to know what I am not weird or rude. I'm aware it might not be autism - it might be something else. Whatever it is, I feel at this stage in my life I need to know what it is so I can deal with it."

Professor Simon Baron Cohen and the University of Cambridge have teamed up with the show for an online study of over 750,000 people to see how autistic trains are spread across the population.

The show is set to air on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28th March, 10pm.

To watch the show on catchup or find out more, visit Channel 4. Find out more about Autism at Counselling Directory, or discover more about adult ASD diagnosis.

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