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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The 2022 theme for the International Day of Disabled Persons is: "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world". Explore transformative solutions with these titles from innovative authors.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Sex & Disability by A. (Cartoonist) Andrews
All different kinds of bods want to connect with other bods, but lots of them get left out of the conversation when it comes to S-E-X. As explained by disabled cartoonist A. Andrews, this easy-to-read guide covers the basics of disability sexuality, common myths about disabled bodies, communication tips, and practical suggestions for having the best sexual experience possible.

Ableism in Education : Rethinking School Practices and Policies by Gillian Parekh
How we organize children by ability in schools is often rooted in ableism. Ability is so central to schooling-where we explicitly and continuously shape, assess, measure, and report on students' abilities-that ability-based decisions often appear logical and natural. However, how schools respond to ability results in very real, lifelong social and economic consequences. In this down-to-earth guide, Dr. Gillian Parekh unpacks the realities of how ability and disability play out within schooling, including insights from students, teachers, and administrators about the barriers faced by students on the basis of ability.

Accessible Vacations : An Insider's Guide to 10 National Parks by Simon Hayhoe
This book helps readers with access needs visit national parks and visitor centers. It describes a range of techniques and technologies to make visiting easier and shows you what is available for learning through driving, riding, walking, wheeling, or feeling around ten selected national parks.

Being Heumann : An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith E Heumann
One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human. Candid, intimate, and irreverent, Judy Heumann's memoir about resistance to exclusion invites readers to imagine and make real a world in which we all belong.

Demystifying Disability : What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau
An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more inclusive place.

Disability Pride : Dispatches From a Post-ADA World by Ben Mattlin
An eye-opening portrait of the diverse disability community as it is today and how attitudes, activism, and representation have evolved since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Easy Beauty : A Memoir by ChloƩ Cooper Jones
Moving through the world in a body that looks different than most, Jones learned early on to factor pain calculations into every plan, every situation. She was born with a rare congenital condition called sacral agenesis, which affects both the stature and gait, and so her pain is physical. But there is also the pain of being judged and pitied for her appearance, of being dismissed as less than. After unexpectedly becoming a mother (in violation of unspoken social taboos about the disabled body), she feels something in her shift, and Jones sets off on a journey across the globe, reclaiming the spaces she'd been denied and had denied herself.

I Live a Life Like Yours : A Memoir by Jan Grue
Grue was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of three. He intersperses his personal histories with elegant, astonishingly wise reflections on the world, social structures, disability, loss, relationships, and the body: in short, on what it means to be human.

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability : Getting & Keeping Your Benefits. by NOLO
This comprehensive book covers both SSDI and SSI, shows the reader how to prove a disability, and explains how one's age, education, and work experience affect his or her chances. Parents will find special information about benefits available to children with a disability.

The Creative Outlet Method : At-Home Activities for Children With Special Needs by Joshua Levy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1 in 6, or about 17%, of children aged 3 to 17 years in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities. The Creative Outlet Method will provide special needs children with opportunities to achieve their academic and social/behavioral goals and objectives in both their educational and social settings.

Year of the Tiger : An Activist's Life by Alice Wong
Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer. From her love of food and pop culture to her unwavering commitment to dismantling systemic ableism, Alice shares her thoughts on creativity, access, power, care, the pandemic, mortality, and the future, creating space for disabled people to be in conversation with one another and the world.


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