Autistic Characters in Books
There is a growing number of autistic characters found in popular movies, television and fiction. These characters are of varying realism and accuracy in their representation of autistic children. The goal of the piece and its target audience affects the character.
Fortune on the Spectrum is a work of fiction in which the main character lives and succeeds on the autism spectrum. Being autistic is both a help and a hindrance to his life covering birth to young adulthood.
When it comes to autistic characters in books and other fictional media, the experience of the writers will vary a great deal. In my case autism is something that I am deeply familiar with and integrate into my novels. Of course there are artistic liberties taken along with autistic liberties.