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An uplifting and entertaining film based on a true story of an unlikely relationship which highlights the very best of human nature. The reciprocal compassion and non-judgemental attitude between the carer and the cared for are inspiring.
Wretches and Jabberers directed by Gerardine Wurzburg, with Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette
This is a classic short-story from Ursula Le Guin, one of the greatest sci-fi writers ever. You can find it in her collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters. It’s not long but it has a powerful empathic message at the heart of it.
This film offers the perspective of two challenges in life, that of someone with a disability and racial discrimiation. Rizwan Khan, played by Shah Rukh Khan, has to overcome the challenges of Asperger's Syndrome in the first half of the film. Despite this challenge, he manages to find love and
This is an amazing book written from the perspective of two highly functioning people with different forms of autism. Dr. Temple Grandin is a visual thinker while her co-author, Sean Barron is an emotive thinker.
John Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as "The Elephant Man". Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently.
You've got to see this short video about Nick Vujicic, a guy with no arms and no legs. It's funny and inspiring. I admit it's not exactly about empathy, and is more of an invitation to let go of your fears and strive to reach your goals.
It’s telling that the author describes ‘Maybe the Moon,‘ as being ‘partly autobiographical,’ despite the narrator being a three-foot-tall thirtysomething straight woman and not a middle-aged gay man.