Having a daughter with special needs makes me more aware of movies that contain characters that portray different disabilities, disorders, etc. Today, I am sharing 5 movies that I feel I have been able to relate to on some level and give a good portrayal, in one way or another, what it is like to have a disability or disorder. I highly recommend you watch all of them.
I also wanted to let you know that next week with be Spring Brunch Week at RMK and the following 2 weeks will be Easter Fest. I have some really tasty recipes that I can’t wait to share! Now on to the movies.
First is Adam. This story is about a grown man with Asperger’s who is suddenly on his own after the death of his father. My daughter has non-verbal learning disorder which is very close to asperger’s. I could see similarities with her in Adam. One of my worst fears is that my daughter would be left here without my husband and me. I do feel peace though that she has two brothers who could help her.
Next is Dear John. The character’s part in this movie is small, but still helps illustrate Autism. My daughter’s disorder is on the Autism spectrum and I could also relate to. John’s dad is autistic and is very routine driven. He also likes to eat the same meal which has been something we have had to deal with my daughter.
Phoebe in Wonderland is a story about the onset of Tourette’s syndrome. Phoebe’s obsessive compulsive issues are another thing I can understand, my daughter has those tendencies. She also has experienced ticks which is another thing I can relate to as with Phoebe’s tourettes. The portrayal of the mother facing Phoebe’s issues is also very realistic of feelings I have felt or what others I know have felt. This one really gets your heart. The cast is this show is also excellent.
Another good one is I Am Sam . Sean Pen is awesome as Sam. This one also gets the heart. It is interesting to see Sam as he realizes he is different. This is another issue I know I will encounter in the future. Right now my daughter is just starting to see small things that make her different than others.
Last is Radio. Cuba Gooding Jr. did an outstanding job in this. This story illustrates how an individual can be an influence on the other in a good way. Radio had an impact on others and others had an impact on Radio!