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Published: July 19, 2013
Movies and Books that Depict Individuals with Disabilities


There are thousands of movies and books out there with an array of themes, stories, characters and genres. With so many options, everyone is bound to have at least one favorite book they can crawl up with on a rainy afternoon and read over and over again. Or, that movie that you can watch every weekend and never tire of it. There are so many movies and books that depict people with disabilities. Some are comedies, while some take the more serious route of dramas. Some show disabilities in a positive light, while other’s motives are questionable. We’ve listed just a few, but know there are many more out there. Are there important books or movies we are missing from our list? Are there some that shouldn’t be on there? If so, why? Let us know your thoughts. 

MoviesA Beautiful Mind

  1. At First Sight
  2. A Beautiful Mind
  3. Born on the Fourth of July
  4. Charly
  5. Forrest Gump
  6. Pride of the Yankees
  7. Rain Man
  8. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  9. X-Men
  10. Ray
  11. Mr.Holland’s Opus
  12. The Miracle Worker



  1. A Cousin’s Challenge by Wanda Brunstetter
  2. Adam’s Fall by Sandra Brown
  3. Addition by Toni Jordan
  4. Diminished Capacity by Sherwood Kiraly
  5. Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  6. Paradise Valley: A Virgin River Novel by Robyn Carr
  7. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  8. Visibility by Boris Starling
  9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  10. Deaf Like Me by Thomas S. Spradley
  11. Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller


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