With thousands of original shows and movies to choose from, Netflix is one of the world’s most popular streaming services. There are eight Netflix Original series and films with disabled actors and characters that we’ve compiled here at Disability Horizons.
The tale of Ryan, a 28-year-old gay man with cerebral palsy, is told in the television series Special. He seeks independence by leaving his mother’s house and obtaining an internship at an online newspaper. He is now an independent young man.
Upon Ryan’s first day of work, his coworkers mistakenly believe that his difficulties with dexterity and gait are the result of a car accident rather than cerebral palsy.
Ryan keeps his cerebral palsy a secret and attempts to live a regular life, working, making friends, going to parties, dating, and having sex all while dealing with it.
In Atypical, Sam Gardner, an autistic teen, and his family are depicted in their daily routines.
As Sam embarks on his quest for love and independence, his family is also undergoing transformations of their own.
3. The Healing Powers of Dude
It’s about Noah, an 11-year-old who suffers from social anxiety disorder, in The Healing Powers of Dude. With Dude, his emotional therapy dog, he attends middle school after a few years of homeschooling.
A girl named Amara, who uses a motorised wheelchair, becomes one of Noah’s pals.
As he progresses through the series, Dude helps him overcome a variety of obstacles in his daily life, including as going to school, giving presentations, riding the bus, and standing up to bullies.
4. The Fundamentals of Caring
One man’s struggle to care for an 18-year-old boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy becomes the focus of a Netflix Original film, The Fundamentals of Caring.
On a road trip across the United States, the two of them realize the importance of optimism and friendship as their perspectives on life are transformed.
5. Stranger Things
For those unfamiliar with the series, Stranger Things is a science-fiction, fantasy, and horror television series that takes place at some point in the 1980s in Hawkins, a tiny town in the fictional state of Indiana.
To avenge Hawkins, a group of young people led by the town’s sheriff must uncover the truth behind these horrifying occurrences.
6. Raising Dion
In Raising Dion, we meet Dion, a young kid who suffers from ADHD and asthma. To cope with the loss of his father and the subsequent transfer to a new school, he makes friends with Esperanza.
It becomes clear that Dion has superpowers that he can’t control, but tries to use them for the greater good.
7. Feel the Beat
Before she travels to New York, April accepts a job coaching a group of misfit dancers in preparation for a major competition in her hometown.Zuzu, a young dancer who is deaf, is one of the performers. April is amazed when she demonstrates to her that people who are deaf can dance by sensing the music’s vibrations.
8. Sex Education
Sex therapist’s son and high school classmate set up an underground sex therapy clinic at the school where they both attend.
Isaac, a troubled teen with a spinal cord injury, is introduced in the second season of the show. Instead of being characterized by his disability, the character’s charisma and self-confidence shine through in his sardonic and unafraid demeanor.