“Atypical” is one of many shows this year representing a chronic condition or disability on major networks and streaming services. Other series of note include ABC’s “Speechless” and the upcoming “The Good Doctor.” “Speechless” is a prime-time comedy following the life of J.J. DiMeo, a young man with cerebral palsy. The series, which was recently renewed for a second season, was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for providing “programming that explores and confronts significant issues facing our society in a compelling and impactful way.” Another upcoming fall series, “The Good Doctor,” will focus on the life of a doctor on the autism spectrum, Shaun Murphy, as he is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital and put in charge of doing everything he can to save lives. While a recent article on The Mighty asked for viewers’ comments about the authenticity of chronic conditions’ representation on various mainstream series and episodes, debate continues surrounding the authenticity of some shows – with some being certainly more authentic than others. With each new series or episode comes a valuable opportunity to spur dialogue and raise overall awareness. The Chronic Disease Coalition encourages mainstream series to continue featuring realistic characters living with chronic conditions as a way to help increase understanding and provide new perspectives to millions of viewers.