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EastEnders Working With The National Autistic Society On The Carters’ New Storyline

June 12, 2019

EastEnders is working with one of the most renowned autism support groups in the world on the Carters’ new storyline.

In Tuesday’s (June 11) episode, Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda (Kellie Bright) were told during a medical appointment that their son Ollie could have autism, but will need to undergo an extended assessment for a definitive diagnosis.

The upcoming weeks will see the Carters begin the autism assessment process, and in order to ensure authenticity, EastEnders writers have been working with the National Autistic Society.

EastEnders executive producer Jon Sen has described this upcoming storyline as the latest example of the soap’s commitment to “ground-breaking stories that resonate with the nation”.

“When Mick and Linda start to worry about Ollie’s behaviour, they face various challenges as they search for the answers necessary to help their son,” Sen explained.

EastEnders has been privileged to work closely with the National Autistic Society to accurately depict the pressure and struggles that can be felt by parents as they begin this journey.”

Jane Harris of the National Autistic Society said that the organisation is “absolutely delighted” to collaborating on a storyline that will bring the reality faced by many families to light.

“We jumped at the chance to be involved because we recognised that it was a fantastic opportunity to help millions of viewers understand more about the autism assessment process and what families go through in order to get a diagnosis,” she said.

“There are over 700,000 autistic people in the UK and most people know someone who is autistic, whether it’s a friend, classmate, colleague or family member. Yet only 16% of autistic people and their families feel the public understand autism and half of autistic people sometimes don’t leave the house because they’re afraid the public won’t understand them. So it’s hugely encouraging to see more TV dramas representing storylines about autism in their work.”

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