Picture of all of the media about Autism: Rain Man, How to Dance in Ohio, Float, The Story of Luke, In A Different Key, Atypical, The Good Doctor, Parenthood, Kodi Lee, and Sesame Street

Movies, Documentaries & Shows About Autism

Movies, Documentaries & Shows About Autism

Whether it’s about autism or written by someone with autism, the options for movies, documentaries, TV shows & short films about autism and disabilities are endless. These recommendations were curated by Bancroft team member, Will Hoheisel, who is also on the Autism Spectrum and an alumnus of The Bancroft School. Will is the first face you see when you come to Bancroft’s administrative offices, and he is also a recent Corporate Service Excellence Award Winner.


  • Rain Man – *(Contains Foul Language & Some Implied Sexual Moments) (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “Netflix”)

Cover of the movie Rain Man with two men walking down a road

Two characters from Autism is Love with their faces close together smiling

  • Autism in Love – (Available for Purchase on Film’s Website through “Vimeo”)
  • Life, Animated – (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “Hulu” or “VUDU”)
  • Asperger’s Are Us – *(Adult Movie) *(Contains Some Foul Language) (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “Netflix”)
  • Swim Team – (Can Be Purchased on “Amazon”, “YouTube”, or “Apple/iTunes”)
  • Please Stand By – (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “Hulu”)
  • Autism: The Sequel – (Can Be Found on “HBO Max”)

Cover of "Autism: The Sequel" that has a girl with headphones on a purple background, a boy with headphones in a green background, a boy with a cello in a red background, a boy in a blue background, and a boy in a yellow background

  • Float – (Can Be Found Either on “YouTube” or “Disney+”)

Two characters from Disney's "Float." A man with brown hair and a gray shirt is holding a little boy with brown hair and a yellow onesie in the air

  • Loop – (Can Be Found on “Disney+”)
  • The Story of Luke – (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “YouTube,” “VUDU,” or “Amazon Prime”)

The main character from "The Story of Luke" wearing a brown jacket standing in an office holding his ears and frowning

  • The Reason I Jump – (Can Currently Be Purchased and/or Screened Through the “Kino Marquee”
  • In A Different Key  (Contains Some Brief Foul Language, Some “Unsettling” Moments, & a Brief Scene With Sexual References/Wording!) (*Check Movie Website For Film Info, Screenings, & Online Viewing Opportunities)

In a Different Key


TV Shows & Documentary Shorts

Sesame Street

Four characters: Elmo, Julia, Big Bird, and Abby stand on set with a white man holding a book creator

Main character from Atypical standing in a school hallway wearing a blue hoodie and black headphones frowning

  • The A Word – (Can Be Found on “Amazon Prime”)
  • Parenthood – (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “Peacock,” “Hulu,” or “Amazon Prime”)

Cover of the show Parenthood with twelve of the show's main characters

  • The Good Doctor – (Can Either Be Purchased or Found on “ABC,” “Hulu,” or “YouTube TV”)

A cover of "The Good Doctor" with a picture of the main character looking off to his right

‘America’s Got Talent’

Pictures of Kodi Lee singing at his piano and winning America's got Talent

In 2019, Kodi Lee auditioned for the fourteenth season of America’s Got Talent and at the end of the season, was declared the winner. Kodi was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, causing him to become legally blind. He was also diagnosed with autism at an early age and has Addison’s disease.

Watch his journey on ‘America’s Got Talent’ below:

YouTube Channels


“Sounds Like Autism” Podcast

Hosted By Josh Mirsky (who’s on the Autism Spectrum!) & Dave Thompson (Can be Found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, & Google (among other vendors)

Check out Bancroft’s full list of video resources on our YouTube channel!

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