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Autism Hollywood Style

Autism Hollywood style and the entertainment industry is skyrocketing and has come a long way recently.

Let me give you a few examples of television shows with an autistic lead character:

In recent years, the mainstream media has produced programs featuring an autistic main character and supporting characters. 

Representations of autism are growing from a stereo-typical view of autism, to real life, real problems, real people, normal life stuff.

Autism depicting the best things like, romantic relationships, friendships, jobs, and navigating the ups and downs of daily life. 

Movies with Portrayals of Autism

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Great movie picks featuring a character with autism:

  • Black Manta 
  • Aquaman featuring Black Manta’s autistic brain
  • Academy Award/Best Picture
  • The film Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman & Tom Cruise for Best Picture/Best Director/Best Actor
  • Helena Bonham Carter/Magnificent 7
  • Adam-Hugh Dancy/Aspberger’s Syndrome

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Autistic Savants

Hollywood has spotlighted savant syndrome.  This means creating an autistic character with a special skill.  This may look like a character who excels at music, math or creative abilities.

Yes, sometimes this happens.  

A child with autism spectrum disorder may also have an exceptional talent.  However, this is only about 1 out of 10 kids with autism.

Fictional depictions of autistic kids with savant abilities are highlighted because they create good story.  

The problem is that savant syndrome becomes the norm, not the exception. 

It’s important to represent autism in the most realistic way possible. 

Books About Autism

Kids in middle school and high school are looking for ways to relate to and understand their world and know they are gonna be okay.  Here are a few books that can help.

Ian’s Walk

The Warner Boys:  Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope

Life, Animated.  True story of the autistic son of a Disney animator


Can You See Me?

The Boy Who Steals Houses

Planet Earth Is Blue

A Boy Called Bat (Series)


Famous People with Autism

Famous autistic people in history, like Einstein, didn’t have an official diagnosis of autism, yet are now considered autistic.

We have a list of movie stars that are autistic and have a confirmed autism diagnosis.

Celebrities with autism and adhd 

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Dan Ackroyd

Darryl Hannah

Temple Grandin

Courtney Love

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Susan Boyle

Clay Marzo (surfer)

Elon Musk

Wentworth Miller

Bob Dylan

James Taylor

Sir Isaac Newton

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