Beyond Rain Man|Movies and Books for Autism Acceptance Month

ByondRaininMan Books and Movies






Here is a short list of movies and books for anyone who would like to learn more about ASD by watching movies or reading a good book. Read reviews for content advisories.

Adam(2009) Romance, Drama Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language.

Adam, a young man with asperger’s, meets his upstairs neighbor, Beth, and they fall in love. Read a review from Common Sense Media here.


Temple Grandin (2010) TV PG Biography, Drama

A Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards Winner.

Based on the books “Emergence” by Temple Grandin and “Thinking in Pictures” by Temple Grandin.



Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

My review of Marcelo in the Real World is posted here.

Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin (for younger readers)

Read my review of Rain, Reign here.

Memoirs-Personal Biographies

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison 

Read my review of Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison here.

I also enjoyed Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger’s and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers by John Elder Robison 

Pretending to Be Normal by Liane Holiday Willey 

Do you have any to add? Please comment. Have you seen or read any of these? What did you think?

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  1. Hi Donna! I remember reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It was recommended to me by my brother. His son is has autism.
    My daughter is a special ed teacher and is passionate about autism. I think it is a great thing to raise awareness about this disorder. I did hear that Dateline NBC is doing a show on Sunday re: two boys who are aging out of the support systems at age 21. I think that will be enlightening too.

    Thank you for honoring Autism Month! Nice to meet you today 🙂

    1. Thanks for the book suggestion and info about the program, Ceil. The problem of lack of services for those aging out is a huge one.
      Glad you stopped by!
      Nice to meet you, too. 🙂

  2. I am yet to read any books for autism. I appreciate your review, movie and book recommended too.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments too.
    Many Blessings to you.

  3. Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday! The post right before yours was 10 things that autism has taught me. I know your resources will be helpful to many! Have a great day!


  4. Thanks for this thought provoking list! As a mom of a 24 year old daughter with autism I appreciate you taking the time to post about autism! Some really good choices for movies. Our favorite is Temple Grandin!

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