5 Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability

5 Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability

At Ability Partners, we love kicking back on the couch and bingeing the best that TV has to offer. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 Netflix TV shows that highlight disability. From heartfelt personal accounts to hilarious and captivating storylines, these TV shows explore the diverse realities of navigating life with disability.

The Healing Powers of Dude
 
Summary
 

As 11-year-old Noah prepares to enter Middle School, his anxiety about the transition becomes overwhelming. To help ease his nerves, his parents enlist the help of an emotional support dog Dude to accompany him on this new chapter of his life. Alongside Noah’s journey, the show introduces Amara, his friend who navigates life with a wheelchair, shedding light on the visible and invisible disabilities that people live with.

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Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability
Special
 
Summary
 

Special is a comedy-drama that follows the story of Ryan O’Connell, a gay man with Cerebral Palsy who navigates learning to embrace his disability and not letting it be a barrier to achieving what he wants in life. Watch along as Ryan journeys through life making new friends, dating, and working whilst also navigating his disability.

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Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability
My Beautiful Broken Brain 
 
Summary
 

My Beautiful Broken Brain follows the life of filmmaker Lotje Sodderland who suffered a life-changing stroke that left her without the ability to read, write and speak. This moving documentary follows Lotje’s journey to relearn these skills and come to grips with her new reality.

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Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability
Atypical 
 
Summary
 

Atypical follows the life of 18-year-old Sam Gardner, who is on the autism spectrum, navigating the complexities of adolescence and independence. Sam is on a journey to find love and acceptance with the help of his supportive family that are all dealing with their own personal struggles.

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Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability
The Fundamentals of Caring 
 
Summary
 

After a personal tragedy, retired writer Ben becomes the caregiver of 18-year-old Trevor who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Together the pair journey across America on a road trip where they face past traumas and learn valuable lessons about friendship, acceptance and the true meaning of caregiving.

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Netflix TV Shows that Highlight Disability

Do you also love listening to podcasts in your spare time? Check out 5 Australian podcasts about living with disability.

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