We asked a few v/bloggers to give new Netflix’s series trailer, Atypical, a watch - and we'll be really interested to find out what you think. 

The series, which starts on 11 August, is a coming of age story that follows Sam – an 18 year old on the autism spectrum - on his search for love and independence.

Atypical, Netflix's new show.

Sam's journey of self-discovery upends his entire family, forcing them all to grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal?

We look forward to seeing the series in full, but here are some initial thoughts on the the trailer...

Connor Ward, autistic vlogger

YouTube: Connopolis

My initial reaction to seeing the trailer was actually frustration. Is there seriously another portrayal of autism in popular culture that is trying to fit every stereotype out there? It’s not the end of the world it just would have been a good opportunity to explore different areas on the spectrum.

The trailer gives the impression that the therapist is suggesting that in order for Sam to become happy he must get into a relationship. This is a sentiment that I imagine infuriates a lot of people not just those on the spectrum. It’s a bit disappointing. It appears that they are using the dating aspect as a comedy gimmick as naturally a lot of people on the spectrum would struggle with the social conventions that come along with relationships.

The trailer does show that the programme will also cover what affect having someone on the spectrum in a family is like which could be great if they pull it off correctly. For me The A Word gave a perfect representation of the impact it has on families. It would be interesting to see how that plays out for a young adult. That’s why I feel they used the relationships topic as that’s something a lot of families can relate to.

I really hope they prove me wrong with how gimmicky it comes across. I feel the messages they want to convey could have easily been done with a “going to university” storyline but relationships is the path they chose. Ultimately any publicity is good publicity so as long as it’s not damaging to the autistic community. I’m fine with it existing even though there is a lot I disagree with. I’ll be watching on 11 August, and hopefully it can prove me wrong!

Matt Davis, father of an autistic child and blogger

Blog: My Son Isaac

I salute the arrival of Atypical  to our screens. The trailer implies a bold approach to championing autism. It brings the condition out in the open and lays in bare. Another win for awareness. Another cultural dent in autism's favour. We immediately witness a socially challenging condition. A family whose narrative has shifted. A boy who is different. How it plays out I don't know. I suspect a softening of some of the more nuanced struggles but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe positivity is needed in a trailer. I look forward to watching the whole series.

Katy Gough, autistic vlogger

YouTube: invisible i

Any opportunity of autism appearing in the media is an exciting prospect but one that I feel needs to be handled with care. After watching the trailer for Atypical, I feel that it creates many questions in regards to representing autism in the media. Can the media accurately portray the diversity of autism through just one man's journey?

I worry that those watching Atypical will be a part of this man's journey and then believe that everyone on the spectrum experiences the same – let's not forget how those on the spectrum are still constantly compared to Rain Man! Is it acceptable to have autistic characters played by non-autistic actors? Atypical has definitely ignited opinions around this topic and I believe, like many, that the media's credibility in their depiction of autism doesn't begin and end with their characters. It also stretches to how they actively support autistic actors, writers and directors.

The media have huge power and with that, huge responsibility in spreading knowledge and understanding of autism. I was disappointed to see Atypical using this opportunity for yet another autistic male, failing to find love and being 'hilariously' awkward in the process and I'm still not sure as to whether they're laughing at him or with him...! What about females on the spectrum? Or those happily married with children? Or even those in employment and learning to live independently?

I think it's time for a media shake-up!

Watch the trailer here

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Some reviews have been amended for length and clarity.