It’s Not You, It’s the Autism Speaking

  • clip (0:02:40) | IN Dramatic
    Premiere: 1/2/2017

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, Michelle Smith, a legally blind young woman on autism spectrum, confronts a former teacher who the family appreciates and who meant well but had low expectations for Michelle’s future. From Michelle’s perspective the teacher saw her as someone with a disability who needed to be “fixed,” who patronized her and treated her as a child rather than a quirky individual. Even after confronting her, the teacher insists that “it’s not you, it’s the autism speaking,” showing that she still doesn’t quite get where Michelle is coming from and doesn’t see her as capable of being independent.

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