I'm autistic and making a TV documentary about us!

Hey all,

I hope you're well. I've just joined the community but was diagnosed in 2017. I'm based in Manchester.

For years, I've wanted to present TV documentaries but since the Black Lives Matter movement hit the headlines in May 2020, I've been inspired to go further for my community and take action. I'm currently developing a programme for an established broadcaster on autism and people's obsessions. I'd love to hear from people who have quirky obsessions and a story to tell. Read more at https://www.nickransom.co.uk/neurodiversity.

Outside of telly and autism, I'm a massive football fan. I support Middlesbrough as my dad is from there but am equally (if not more) fascinated by the Premier League and the circus that surrounds it. There's nothing better than some football and cold chocolate that's been in the fridge I say!

Oh - and my interview with the National Autistic Society is here should you want to read it - https://www.autism.org.uk/about/stories/nick-ransom.aspx

Always keen to chat to people so do get in touch!

Best wishes, Nick

  • I'm worried that instead of promoting inclusion this programme will do the opposite and re-enforce the stereotypical view of autistic individuals and increase the stigma we face.

    Have you considered making an alternative show that focuses on the diversity of the autistic community and our achievements? Or if you must look at 'obsessions' could you help to normalise this behaviour by including our PNT counterparts who are also obsessed with the same things? Perhaps the autistic and the PNT could be brought together to discuss their interest in the theme of 'we have more in common than divides us'.

  • Exactly - it reads as yet another Endemol / Ch4 Freak Show 'point and laugh' programme.     Sorry Nick.

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