Autism in Pop Culture

Wil C Kerner

Wil C. Kerner, Pals (collage) – Age 12

Donna Williams

Donna Williams, The Outsider

David Barth

David Barth, Vogels (“Birds” in Dutch) – Age 10

Emily L Williams

Emily L. Williams, Leap Years

I will never not root for the underdog, which is why I’m so moved by these images from Jill Mullin’s book, Drawing Austism. Showcasing work from over 50 autistic artists, it’s fascinating to glimpse their perspective on art and their world, especially since autism, Asperger’s, and other sensory disorders are now sharply increasing in children. It’s great to see cultural responses and channeling autistic challenges into something so beautiful and productive. It makes me so happy to see these people’s intricate minds used in a way that a keeps them from feeling marginalized in society.

You can see and read more about the book at 50 Watts.
To purchase a copy for yourself, click here.

Here’s some similar things that entranced me and sent me right into the autistic’s captivating brain.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, an incredible novel by Mark Haddon.

Mary & Max, a touching claymation film that manages to feel real in ways that a live-action movie just can’t pull off.

And let’s not forget Dustin Hoffman’s legendary performance in Rainman, which we could even say kicked off this trend back in the hazy 80’s in the days before Tom Cruise got weird.


July 19, 2011