TV tonight: PBS’s POV looks at world through the eyes of the autistic

Adam Larsen’s “Neurotypical” explores autism from the point of view of autistic people

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WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 — As part of the 26th season of the award-winning PBS series POV, (Point of View) tonight at 10 p.m. Adam Larsen’s “Neurotypical” explores autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves.

This ground breaking documentary looks at the world through the eyes of various people who have been diagnosed with autism. Among these are four-year-old Violet, 14-year-old Nicholas, and Paula who was diagnosed with autism as an adult after she read an article on the subject.

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The creator of “Nuerotypical” has more than a passing knowledge of autism. His father has studied the field for more than 20 years. It was this long term exposure to the study of the condition that motivated Adam Larsen to make a film that looked at autism from the inside out.

“I began to feel a growing rebellion against what I saw as society’s double standard—either a pervasive need to make people into a rendition of something ‘normal,’ or a tendency to sensationalize the extremes of autism. Documentaries at the time were either clinical, focused on cause and cure, or dramatic, looking at the ‘tragedy’ of autism or the brilliance of the savant,” stated Larsen.

“I grew determined to make a film from the viewpoint of autistics. Making “Neurotypical” provided a wonderful opportunity for me to explore more fully the richness of humanity and to bring the concept of neurodiversity into the mainstream.”

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum; a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. With such an alarming rise in Autism, it makes sense to include in the search for answers the true definition of the condition. Is it possible that that what is traditionally considered a handicap may be part of the collective human condition as we evolve?

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Tune in tonight for a unique look at autism and what it means to the people who have it.

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelorette: (New) Desiree travels to Antigua, where she spends intimate time with each of the final three men.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Ted gets a weird and surprising call from the Captain, which launches the gang into a series of recollections about the last perplexing encounter they had with him.

FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) A 13-year-old’s obsession with Sabrina drives Jimmy nuts; Burt and Virginia wonder how to get Maw Maw’s gold tooth back—after she swallows it.

NBC: American Ninja Warrior: (New) Thirty contestants compete in the Venice Finals.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) A flu epidemic heads toward Bluebell, forcing Wade to stay at his ex-girlfriend’s house. Meanwhile, a sudden illness dampens Lemon’s date night; and George directs a commercial promoting tourism in Bluebell.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) Carl and Samuel hope for a little luck o’ the Irish when it comes to picking up women at their St. Patrick’s Day party, while Molly does a little Erin go bragging when she tells Mike about some of her holiday shenanigans.

FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) The National Invention Convention Extravaganza welcomes submissions to compete for a cash prize, so Burt teams with a neighbor to make flavored yogurts, and Jimmy and Sabrina work on a better baby mop. Andrew Dice Clay guest stars as himself.

9 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline try to raise money to rent a storefront for their cupcake business.

FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) o celebrate Cece’s upcoming nuptials, Jess throws a bachelorette party while Nick and Winston take her fiancé out for a guys’ night. Meanwhile, Schmidt needs to find a date to bring to the wedding, so he seeks out his old college girlfriend.

NBC: Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls: (New) Tempers flare as the remaining teams grapple with a waterfall ascent and a host of new challenges.

CW: Breaking Pointe: (New) With only one week left before the cast of “Cinderella” is announced, Silver plans a trip to the mountains so the dancers can let loose. While Ronnie struggles with the infection in his foot, Rex begins to see improvement with his torn tendon.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) Molly learns that Joyce said good-bye to her artistic side when she became a mother, so she convinces Mike they need to try their hands at some new hobbies, starting with roller skating.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy has a terrible birthday when her friends and coworkers accidentally screw up her party, but things go from bad to worse when she winds up in a fight with a new group of revelers she just happened to meet. Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy both have their eye on Mindy’s friend.

10 p.m.

ABC: Mistresses: (New) Janet (Jo Beth Williams) visits with big news that causes tension; Karen wonders if Elizabeth killed Tom because of the affair; April considers telling her daughter about Richard.

CBS: Under the Dome: (New) The town’s main water supply is destroyed, and the residents of Chester’s Mill begin to fight for the remaining resources. Meanwhile, Julia discovers a strange connection that two locals have with the dome.

NBC: Siberia: (New) Alliances begin to form - and the contestants cope with a shocking betrayal.

PBS: POV: (New) Adam Larsen’s “Neurotypical” explores autism from the perspective of individuals with autism, including a 4-year-old girl, teenage boy and adult woman.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Switched at Birth at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8 p.m. on VH1

WWE Monday Night Raw at 8 p.m. on USA

Fast ‘N Loud: Revved Up at 8 p.m. on DSC

Top Gear at 8:30 p.m. on BBC

The Fosters at 9 p.m. on ABCFAM

Fast ‘N Loud at 9 p.m. on DSC

The Real Housewives of Orange County at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Major Crimes at 9 p.m. on TNT

Bizarre Foods America at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Battleground Afghanistan at 9 p.m. on NGC

The Glades at 9 p.m. on A&E

American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Cake Boss at 9 p.m. on TLC

Longmire at 10 p.m. on A&E

Street Outlaws at 10 p.m. on DSC

Teen Wolf at 10 p.m. on MTV

King & Maxwell at 10 p.m. on TNT

The Writer’s Room at 10 p.m. on SUND

Eyewitness War at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC

Gods, Guns & Automobiles at 10 and 10:30 p.m.

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Hitch on ENC

The Big Lebowski on FLIX

Avatar on FX

Mean Girls on SHO

Dead Man Walking on SHO

9 p.m.

First Comes Love on HBO

Battleship on HBO

Freeloaders on MOMAX

Later tonight:

The Good Doctor at 9:35 p.m. on SHO

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at 9:45 p.m. on IFC

Scary Movie 3 at 10 p.m. on ENC

Drugstore at 10 p.m. on FLIX

The Simpsons Movie at 10 p.m. on FXM

The Bourne Supremacy at 10 p.m. on STARZ

Blown Away at 10:30 p.m. on REELZ

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