THIS IS AN AMAZING QUESTION. One which I too am never finished hearing the answer to, so if anyone out there wants to help us out and expand on this list, please do. It’s going to be archived for reference.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - classic, you’ve probably already read it.
House Rules - forensic analysis nerd kid gets suspected for a murder. Main POV character is his neurotypical mother, though, so. I’ve heard good things and bad things.
Marcelo in the Real World - ASD music savant kid falls in love, makes friends, and learns about the evils of the world. Coming of age story.
Mockingbird - Aspie teen grieves her dead brother and learns to enjoy life again.
Oryx and Crake - Amazing dystopian universe. Crake’s an aspie. Major tw for everything in this book, though. Message me off anon and I’ll give you a more detailed warning if you like.
The Rosie Project - Relaxed love story in which nothing much seems to happen and probably you’ll smile.
The London Eye Mystery - ASD dude takes over the investigation of his missing young cousin Salim after police give up on finding him again.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods - An aspie dude gets struck by a rare meteorite and the scar it leaves behind apparently marks him for greatness. He also makes friends with a widower and smuggles weed.
Kea’s Flight - So anti-and-pro-choicers have compromised so unwanted embryos are frozen instead of aborted. Embryo-Kea gets frozen because she’s gonna be Austistic and then the anti-choicers send her into space because there’s not enough room for all these embryos on Earth. She is somehow born, and then she’s on a spaceship with other kids. Then they have to overthrow their tyranical government.
Taipei - People fall in love, film vlogs, do drugs, and experience existential problems. In Taiwan. Central character (autistic character) goes back there to explore his family’s roots and meditate on “memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.”
Beggars in Spain - some people are genetically altered not to need sleep. Everyone starts to hate these people and they send them into space. Some people start doing some social justice stuff to promote community between sleepers and sleepless. Our hero is one of those, I think.
Community. Community community community community. Abed will rock your world.
Alphas, apparently. Recurring autistic dude named Gary Bell
Touch has a central child autistic character. Seems trope-e but I’d check it out.
The Bridge's Sonya Cross is an Aspie
Rose Red - main female character is autistic. It’s a horror mini-series about psychics going urban exploring.
Skins has an aspie named JJ in the second season.
Parenthood has a kid and a parent aspie.
My Name is Khan - Main aspie character. A Muslim immigrant family faces extreme prejudice in their San Francisco home after the 9-11 attacks. A lot of incredibly terrible things happen to everybody.
Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon - Documentary on famous autistic cityscape artist Chris Murray
Killer Diller - A bunch of dudes in a halfway house form a blues band.
Mary and Max - Australian girl becomes penpals with an American aspie. Claymation.
Mozart and the Whale - This one centers on a home for ASD folks so it’s not exactly what you asked for, but the central character is autistic, and he runs the home. So instead of ‘neurotypical saves autistic babies; is inspired’ it’s ‘neurodivergent helps other neurodivergents when they need a hand.’
Snow Cake - Autistic woman and a man traumatized after a car accident connect after her daughter dies. They live somewhere cold.
The Story of Luke - Incredibly sheltered dude wants a job and a girlfriend.
The Wizard - lil nonverbal dude is totally sheltered by his well-meaning parents so his brother and his brother’s friend break him out and take him on this bizarre adventure. They figure out he’s amazing at video games and he enters a gaming competition.
To the Moon - indie game where artificial memories can be implanted in people. One character is autistic.
Anyone who has something to add to this list or an edit to include - COME AT US!!