The National Autistic Society (NAS), UK – In an article published yesterday Dec16 in the Telegraph, by Hayley Dixon; The NAS claim that the television character of Sherlock Holmes could be Autistic.
They state that his ability to solve crimes from minimal information and his incredible memory may lead to the conclusion that he could be Autistic
Robyn Steward Autism consultant and Ambassador for the NAS, said:
“Sherlock really focuses on one thing, for example in the latest series there is an episode where his brother comes over to New York and they are supposed to be going for dinner but Sherlock says we can’t, we are working on this case – it is an unnecessary distraction.”
Autism Daily Newscast has reported in the past about the increasing number of characters represented on television that could be on the Autistic spectrum.
The NAS believe that his social isolation and his difficulty in forming friendships could point to him being on the Autistic spectrum.
Carol Povey, director of the centre for autism at the NAS is quoted as saying:
“It is really good for society to show that we are accepting difference, we are not all striving to be one type of person, actually society is made up of a wonderfully wide variety of people and it is fantastic to see that in the characters.”
However she believes that more people who are on the Autistic spectrum need to be portrayed on television to truly represent society.
“The more we can see people on the autism spectrum not only getting by but actually contributing to society in a really positive way the better.”