Sunday, December 11, 2011

Films about differently abled

Here is an interesting article.  What are your favorite films?

Top 15 Films About Differently-Abled People (VIDEO)

Posted: 12/ 9/11 10:46 AM ET
Olivia Rosewood
Having a child with special needs, whether it's autism, ADHD/ADD, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, or any of the other myriad of extraordinary variations from the norm, is becoming surprisingly... the new normal. It seems that nearly every family I meet is facing some set of challenges that veer from the average expectations of parents. I am impressed to see so many people employing their flexibility, rolling with the changes, and rising to the occasion with exceptional parenting.
I was talking with my friend whose young son is dealing with serious heart issues, and she told me that she had been raised in an area in New Jersey built on top of a dump. She was sure his heart issues, as well as her cancer early in life, had to do with toxic chemicals floating around in her community. I, too, have been exposed to my fair share of toxic chemicals, growing up on an island that had formerly been a dump for the U.S. Army (napalm, leaking barrels of toxic waste remain on Rumsey Island in Maryland). Most of the population seems to have been touched by new chemicals, new DNA, or circumstances that contribute to the challenges of our children. One of the wonderful qualities possessed by human beings, however, is the ability to adapt and thrive.

Lifting my spirit and opening my eyes for a view not only of my child's challenges, but also her gifts, are the many films that focus on the unusual beauty that can come from having extraordinary people close-by. Here is my list of favorites.

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

My Left Foot

The King's Speech


The Miracle Worker


What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Forrest Gump

I Am Sam


The Elephant Man



See No Evil Hear No Evil

Ice Castles

What are some of your favorite movies?

Be gentle.


  1. I LOVE I am Sam- Great soundtrack, too! I thought The King's Speech was inspirational and as for the Miracle Worker- I have always been in awe of Helen Keller. Radio is another film to add to the list.

  2. Oh Radio. Love that one too. My favorite will always be Forrest Gump.


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