Synopsis: Neurotypical is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different ...
Director(s): Adam Larsen
52 min

underestimate her,

they're going to put her in

a little pigeonhole

of like, "Okay, you're autistic,

so this is your capacity.

And here's the regular kid,

and there's their capacity."

All right, civilization!

I came from an educated,

middle-class black family.

And we knew that education was

the way out of poverty,

and it was the way into success.

So when I failed third grade,

it was the biggest scandal

I'd ever seen.

And my grandmother went down to

University of Maryland Hospital,

and she basically told

those doctors,

"You are going to tell me

why my son failed.

What is wrong with him?"

And she knew that there was

something wrong.

My grandmother,

my great-grandmother --

everybody in the family said,

"There's something wrong

with this kid."

And three doctors came


And they sat there, and they

pored over

my notes and everything,

and they said, "Well,

we think it's autism."

And they said, "Well,

you have two choices.

You can put him in a hospital,

but you seem like you've got him

pretty far along.

I would suggest

whatever it is you're doing,

continue doing it."

And meanwhile, another doctor

told me what I had.

And he said, "How did you

get this far,

because you're really


And I was like, "First time

I ever heard this."

And I told him, I said,

"I have systems.

Systems for everything."

And he says, "Well, keep

building the systems."

And in the room, I could hear

my grandmother crying.

Up until that time,

I had never heard her cry.

And I was mad.

I was gonna go in there and tear

somebody's head off.

But then this great big,

fat doctor --

I'll never forget him --

he was tall and he was fat.

And he walked over to my

grandmother, and he said,

"Mom," 'cause he didn't know

my mother's name.

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