The best depictions of autism in the arts

Depictions of autism in popular culture often overemphasize certain traits, such as social awkwardness and restricted interests. Some characters have savant-like abilities — think Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man” — when in reality, savantism is rare among individuals on the spectrum.

This tendency to exaggerate quirks and omit subtler features of autism paints a cartoonish picture of the condition instead of the intricate portrait it warrants. We asked people who have autism or a child on the spectrum to share their recommendations for the truest depictions of autism in books and on the screen. Here are their selections.

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26th December 2016