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Not Without Us Project

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A disability reading list

This is an incomplete look at some fiction, memoir (and occasional non-fiction) books about life with a disability.

 

Have you read something you'd like to see on this list?  

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  • Anderson, Catherine: Annie's Song​

  • Bayley, John: Elegy for Iris

  • Beck, Martha: EXPECTING ADAM: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

  • Bender, Karen: Like Normal People

  • Brown, Rosellen: Tender Mercies

  • Butler Hathaway, Katharine: The Little Locksmith: A Memoir

  • Callahan, John: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

  • Callahan, John: Will the Real John Callahan Please Stand Up?: A Quasi Memoir

  • Cusk, Rachel: The Country Life

  • Deaver, Jeff: A Maiden's Grave

  • Dunn, Katherine: Geek Love

  • Dyer, KC: Shades of red

  • Finger, Ann: Bone Truth

  • Fox, Laurie Anne: My sister from the Black Lagoon

  • Fries, Kenney: Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out

  • Fries, Kenney: Body, Remember: A Memoir

  • Ganz, Heidi: Sparrows on Wheels

  • Gilson, Jaime: Do bananas chew gum?

  • Grealy, Lucy: Autobiography of a Face

  • Green, Hannah: I never promised you a rose garden

  • Greenberg, Joannn: Of Such Small Differences

  • Grimley Mason, Mary Life: Prints: A Memoir Of Healing And Discovery

  • Groom, Winston: Forrest Gump

  • Haddon, Mark: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

  • Hecht, Daniel: Skull Session

  • Heinlein, Robert: Waldo

  • Herrmann, Dorothy: Helen Keller: A Life

  • Hodgson Burnette, Frances: The Secret Garden

  • Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Hulme, Keri: The Bone People

  • Itari, Frances: Deafening

  • Karp, Gary (Editor), Stanley D. Klein (Editor): From There to Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury

  • Keith, Lois: What Happened to You: Writing by Disabled Women

  • Keith, Lois: Take Up thy Bed And Walk

  • Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon

  • Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible

  • Konigsburg, E.L.: The View from Saturday

  • Koontz, Dean: One Door Away from Heaven

  • Kriegel, Leonard: Flying Solo: Reimagining Manhood, Courage, and Loss

  • Lethem, Jonathan: Motherless Brooklyn

  • Longmore, Paul K.: Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability

  • Lott, Brett: Jewel

  • Mairs, Nancy: Waist High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled

  • Mazza, Chris: Disability

  • McCullers, Carson: The Ballad of Sad Cafe and Other Stories

  • Mee, Charles L.: A Nearly Normal Life

  • Nichol, James W.: Midnight Cab

  • Nixon, Shelley: From where I sit : making my way with cerebral palsy

  • O'Brein, Ruth: Bodies in Revolt: Gender, Disability, and the Workplace

  • Packer, Ann: The Dive From Clausen's Pier : A Novel

  • Panzarino, Connie: The me in the mirror

  • Peck, M. Scott: A Bed By the Window

  • Philbrick, W.R.: Freak the Mighty

  • Picoult, Jodi: My Sister's Keeper : A Novel

  • Picoult, Jodi: Mercy

  • Plain, Belva: Daybreak

  • Pointon, Anne and Chris Davies: Framed: Interrogating Disability in the Media.

  • Pomerance, Bernard: The Elephant Man: A Play

  • Rainer Dart, Iris: When I Fall In Love

  • Romkema, Chris: Embracing the Sky, Poems beyond Disability

  • Roos, Stephen: The Gypsies Never Came

  • Russell, Marta: Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract

  • Safran Foer, Jonathan: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • Sherer Jacobson, Denise: The Question Of David: A Disabled Mother's Journey Through Adoption, Family, and Life

  • Sturgeon, Theodore: The Clinic

  • Wahl, Otto F.: Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness.

  • Wilde Mayerson, Evelyn: Sanjo

  • Woods, Stuart: Dead Eyes.

Readability introduces children ages 3 and up to the concept of living with a disability through stories, music and hands on activities. Through the experiences of first voice, children learn how people with disabilities live independently, enjoy hobbies, go to school, work, engage in their community and participate in activities.

Led by first voice volunteers with a variety of backgrounds, this project focuses on children and youth and reflects diverse abilities with the goal of understanding full inclusion.

Each book is written for children and takes just a few minutes to read. They're available for loan at your local public library or can be borrowed through inter-library loan service. This is updated as new books are identified. Please contact the League with any suggested additions.

 

For additional book suggestions or books for other age groups, many organizations have curated lists of children's books about disabilities, including; The Iris Center: www.iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/books and Little Parachutes: littleparachutes.com/category/health/disabilities   . 

If you have always wanted to make a positive difference … here is your chance!

 

The League is looking for readers with a disability or extensive knowledge of a disability.

 

With the support of the Accessibility Directorate and funding from the Canada Post Foundation, ReadABILITY has launched and we are seeking qualified volunteers to be story tellers!

 

You will be donating your valuable time in raising awareness through first voice in reading stories to children in your community.

ReadABILITY -  introduces children ages 3 and up to the concept of living with a disability through stories, music and hands on activities. Through the experiences of first voice, children learn how people with disabilities live independently, enjoy hobbies, go to school, work, engage in their community and participate in activities.

Led by first voice volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, this project focuses on children and youth and reflects diverse abilities with the goal of understanding full inclusion.

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