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How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

I've always really enjoyed Rainman, but I imagine that 30 years on a lot has changed about our understanding of autism.

Like the incredible memory and counting thing. Isn't that actually another disorder? People with autism don't do that.

Educate me.
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I think they labelled him more as Aspergers, like Hands from Boston Legal. But that's a disease that wasn't really labeled until 1994 and I think was removed in 2013 and folded into "on spectrum" so I don't even know anymore.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

I'm pretty certain that they would point out that the movie is called Rain Man
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Originally Posted by Decker
I'm pretty certain that they would point out that the movie is called Rain Man
Still, a more sensitive take on autism than:

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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Lots of good answers here. Very enlightening.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

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I think they labelled him more as Aspergers, like Hands from Boston Legal. But that's a disease that wasn't really labeled until 1994 and I think was removed in 2013 and folded into "on spectrum" so I don't even know anymore.
It's all so confusing, it kinda makes me want to turn into Forrest Gump and not think about complex stuff...

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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

What they were portraying in Dustin Hoffman's performance wasn't what we would consider Autism or Asperger but rather what we used to be referred to as an Idiot Savant
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

That may be, but a doctor in the film very specifically diagnoses him as autistic.

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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Is Rain Man a Marvel or DC superhero?
Oh wait a minute, he's not a superhero, I'm out of here.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

After 30 years I wonder if he still gets his boxer shorts at K-Mart given the dearth of K-Marts across the US these days.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

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After 30 years I wonder if he still gets his boxer shorts at K-Mart given the dearth of K-Marts across the US these days.
but, and it's a big but, there's still kmart.com
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

I can't help myself and mumble, "gotta go to Kmart", every time someone mentions buying underwear.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Originally Posted by Rob V
After 30 years I wonder if he still gets his boxer shorts at K-Mart given the dearth of K-Marts across the US these days.
There's a K-mart a short bus ride away from me and I recently bought slippers and a teapot there.

But my local FYE closed a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
There's a K-mart a short bus ride away from me and I recently bought slippers and a teapot there.

But my local FYE closed a couple of weeks ago.
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There's a Kmart near me.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Before Rain Man the only time I'd heard of autism was the last episode of "St. Elsewhere" when it was revealed that the whole show was the dreams of an autistic kid staring at a snow globe. I saw Rain Man when it was first in theaters; I was diagnosed with Asperger's and told it was a form of autism in 1998 but haven't watched the movie since then, I keep meaning to and will likely have a different take on it then. It's a bit odd because while I have a few weird quirks, I can at least fake being "normal" and don't appear as awkward as Dustin Hoffman does in the movie. Hardly anyone else I know who has been diagnosed acts that way either, though there are certainly some people who do.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

I first recall hearing about Autism during some medical drama from The Sixties, -"Marcus Welby" or something like that, -and being a kid I couldn't understand at the time why you just couldn't beat some sense into the kid, -you know, shake him out of it, like it was his choice not to respond to people.
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Re: How do people in the autistic community feel about Rainman?

Originally Posted by Decker
What they were portraying in Dustin Hoffman's performance wasn't what we would consider Autism or Asperger but rather what we used to be referred to as an Idiot Savant
Originally Posted by Mabuse
That may be, but a doctor in the film very specifically diagnoses him as autistic.
Actually, these aren't mutually exclusive diagnosis. Savant Syndrome can be displayed by autistics, as the wikipedia article linked above states.
Approximately half of savants are autistic
So Raymond was an autistic savant.

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