Movies and shows with Autism Spectrum Disorders, what are your thoughts? Accurate portrayal? Beneficial for awareness?

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Member Carenity • Community manager
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Hi everyone,

The term autism, while a well-known condition, is not always well understood by society... even less understood is the term Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  However, ASD has been portrayed in cinema in many movies and, like many other things, people have become familiar with ASD through the way it was presented and depicted in movies and television. And, as with many cinema attempts, there are both good and bad portrayals of real life situations and conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Here are some famous movies and tv shows that center the story around an individual with ASD or have ASD play an important role in the story: Rain Man, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, My Name Is Khan, Miracle Run, Fly Away, Jack of the Red Hearts, the Story of Luke, Adam, Atypical, and The Good Doctor.

 

What are your thoughts of autism portrayed in cinema? Share your thoughts.

Do you think these movies and shows do more good than harm in terms of raising awareness?

Do you think cinema accurately portrays the Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Any particular movies or tv shows around Autism Spectrum Disorder that you enjoyed or currently enjoy?

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Movies and shows with Autism Spectrum Disorders, what are your thoughts? Accurate portrayal? Beneficial for awareness?
Member Carenity
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I have not seen any of the movies above listed except "What is Eating Gilbert Grape." First off, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors and I think he did an amazing job as always. I think these movies at least bring awareness to autism/ASD.