Rain Man, the 1988 film, starring Dustin Hoffman, is only in this glossary because it’s been responsible for a worldwide misconception of what it means to be autistic, for the majority of autistic people.

I’ve never seen it, so I can’t pass comment. With that in mind, here’s the Wikipedia entry for the film, as that gives you more information than I can. The section entitled ‘Legacy’ is probably the most helpful – Rain Man – the stereotype of the autistic savant

The criticism around this film is that it portrays the main character as an autistic savant – so I’ve put an entry in the glossary to explain that term too.