If you haven’t watched Jason Katims‘s dramedy As We See It on Amazon Prime Video, then you are missing out on something very special, poignant, and really good. If you are a fan of Katims’s work with Friday Night Lights and Parenthood then you will definitely need to add this to your queue.
Prime Video and Easterseals Disability Services have teamed up to host #ActuallyAuthentic, a candid conversation about authentic neurodiverse representation with As We See It executive producer Katims and the, including Rick Glassman (“Jack”), Sue Ann Pien (“Violet”), Albert Rutecki (“Harrison”), Sosie Bacon (“Mandy”), and Chris Pang (“Van”). The conversation was hosted by actor and comedian Ron Funches. The series stars Glassman, Rutecki, and Pien all identify as living on the autism spectrum. Easterseals Disability Services which provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people with disabilities provided consultative support on the series.
During the panel, they discussed the process of creating a series that authentically portrays the Autism experience. The panel is the fifth installment of Prime Video’s Voices series, which explores the history and data of inequities in Hollywood, and ways we can change the narrative across production.
Watch the panel below.
As We See It follows Jack (Glassman), Harrison (Rutecki), and Violet (Pien), twentysomething roommates on the autism spectrum, as they strive to get and keep jobs, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them. With the help of their families, aide, and sometimes even each other, these roommates experience setbacks and celebrate triumphs on their own unique journeys towards independence and acceptance. The series also stars Bacon as their aide Mandy, Pang as Violet’s brother Van, and Joe Mantegna as Jack’s father Lou.