LC Journal of Special Education


This paper will explore six films that involve individuals with developmental disabilities and gain a better grasp on the portrayal as determined through the attached tables. The films that were critiqued include Adam, Radio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Forrest Gump, Tru Confessions, and The Ringer. These films span a total of 16 years and involve main characters and supporting characters with developmental disabilities, some played by actors who are typically developing and others played by actors with disabilities. Through careful observations, the films were reviewed for a variety of means, including social communication and interaction, behaviors, and presence in early childhood, as well as terminology utilized, self-awareness, and advocacy. A brief overview of each film will be discussed along with the specified findings before a cumulative review is exposed.