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Family Movie Night: 7 Films That Address Disability, Differences and Inclusion

Want to teach kids about empathy without preaching? Add these gems to your movie-night list

Photo: Finding Nemo

People with disabilities are rarely represented in film. When they are, the stories tend to be heavy-handed and aimed strictly at an adult audience. And that’s a shame, because everyone benefits from diversity in film; movies are just as effective at creating empathy as books are and children with special needs should be able to see themselves represented on the screen.

As the second round-up in our new Family Movie Night series, here are some options for fine movies that portray disability in a positive light, from The MIracle Worker to Finding Nemo, and nurture empathy in kids. Did we miss one? Add it in the comments. 

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