.............So it’s galling when a programme decides to deal with a condition like diabetes, and instead of helping to show people what it’s really like, they actually reinforce dangerous misconceptions. It’s made me start wondering about how inaccurate their portrayal of autism is. I expect people who have kids with autism – including some of my friends – would probably sit and watch Touch and feel just as misunderstood as we do.
If the people who make films and the TV programmes really did their homework, they could start to show how conditions like diabetes really affect people’s lives, and that would help to bring us all closer together.
But for now, people who aren’t directly involved with diabetes simply can’t understand it – I know, because I used to be one of them.