With the help of the Disability Scoop site I keep coming across TV shows I want to share, especially if you or someone you know is facing the challenge of raising children with disabilities. The latest show I came across is “‘Surprisingly Complicated” by Guzin Kurun. After raising twin boys with autism, Kurun wanted to create an element of “normalcy” around parenting of children with autism spectrum disorder. And she wanted to do it through comedy. So she used her skills as a video journalist and freelancer at CNN-NY to create this scripted show, based on “real life” situations related to autism.
Here’s the scoop:
“‘Surprisingly Complicated’ is . . . a lighthearted comedy based on true experiences with autism,” said Kurun, whose sons, Adem and Eren are now 15 and attend the Richard H. Hungerford School, a special education school incorporating eight sites throughout Staten Island.
“I write it, direct it, and produce it. All episodes will be shot on Staten Island. The actors portraying my boys also have autism,” said Kurun.
Kurun admits that after her sons were diagnosed at 15-months-old with autism, it wasn’t easy for her and her husband, Aydin, at that time because of “zero awareness” about the condition.
“I think autism is shown in the media as either savants having an ailment, or it’s shown as a disability that is very dark. I think there’s a need for ‘Surprisingly Complicated,’ because special needs families are not represented on television. My series helps normalize autism and represents that the day-to-day struggle is real, but you can still laugh,” she said.
The show tackles everyday situations — like going to the dentist and getting a haircut — Kurun encountered with her boys.
“The point is it’s a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be miserable,” said Kurun. “The show is about parents trying to make their kids’ lives easier.”
Check out this wonderful new show. Share it with your friends and family.