AccessAbility Week - Adult

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Always only you

Always only you

Liese, Chloe, author
2020


Being Heumann : an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist

Being Heumann : an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist

Heumann, Judith E., author
2020

"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. A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn't built for all of us and of one woman's activism--from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington--Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann's lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society."-- Provided by publisher.

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Deaf utopia : a memoir--and a love letter to a way of life

Deaf utopia : a memoir--and a love letter to a way of life

DiMarco, Nyle, 1989- author.
2022

Before becoming the actor, producer, advocate, and model that people know today, Nyle DiMarco was half of a pair of Deaf twins born to a multi-generational Deaf family in Queens, New York. Nyle shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. This is more than a memoir, it is a cultural anthem - a proud and defiant song of Deaf culture and a love letter to American Sign Language, Nyle's primary language.

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Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally

Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally

Ladau, Emily, 1991- author
2021

Disabled people are the world's largest minority, an estimated 15 percent of the global population. But many of us - disabled and non-disabled alike - don't know how to act, what to say, or how to be an ally to the disability community. This is a friendly handbook on important disability issues you need to know about, including how to appreciate disability history and identity, how to recognize and avoid ableism (discrimination toward disabled people), and how to appropriately think, talk, and ask about disability.

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Disability visibility : first-person stories from the Twenty-first century

Disability visibility : first-person stories from the Twenty-first century

Wong, Alice, 1974- editor.
2020

"A groundbreaking collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people whose daily lives are, in the words of playwright Neil Marcus, "an art . . . an ingenious way to live." According to the last census, one in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some are visible, some are hidden--but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together an urgent, galvanizing collection of personal essays by contemporary disabled writers. There is Harriet McBryde Johnson's "Unspeakable Conversations," which describes her famous debate with Princeton philosopher Peter Singer over her own personhood. There is columnist s. e. smith's celebratory review of a work of theater by disabled performers. There are original pieces by up-and-coming authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma. There are blog posts, manifestos, eulogies, and testimonies to Congress. Taken together, this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and past with hope and love."-- Provided by publisher.

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Easy Beauty

Easy Beauty

Jones, Chlo� Cooper
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How to keep house while drowning : a gentle approach to cleaning and organizing

How to keep house while drowning : a gentle approach to cleaning and organizing

Davis, KC, author
2022

Messiness is not a moral failing. Building on the foundation of self-compassion, KC devised the powerful practical approach that is to stop following perfectionist rules that don't make sense for you. Learn exactly how to customize your approach and rebuild your relationship with your home, including: how to stop seeing care tasks as a reflection of your worth, but rather as kindnesses to your future self and how to quickly transform a room from messy to fully functional through the "5 Things" tidying method, and other shortcuts requiring minimal energy.

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I live a life like yours : a memoir

I live a life like yours : a memoir

Grue, Jan, 1981-, author
2021

Grue was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of three. Shifting between specific periods of his life-- his youth with his parents and sister in Norway; his years of study in Berkeley, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam; and his current life as a professor, husband, and father. He intersperses these 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.

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The invisible kingdom : reimagining chronic illness

The invisible kingdom : reimagining chronic illness

O'Rourke, Meghan, author.
2022

"A landmark exploration of one of the most consequential and mysterious issues of our time: the rise of chronic illness and autoimmune diseases A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans: these are diseases that are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed and unrecognized altogether. Renowned writer Meghan O'Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of "invisible" illness that encompasses autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and now long COVIDynthesizing the personal and the universal to help all of us through this new frontier. Drawing on her own medical experiences as well as a decade of interviews with doctors, patients, researchers, and public health experts, O'Rourke traces the history of Western definitions of illness, and reveals how inherited ideas of cause, diagnosis, and treatment have led us to ignore a host of hard-to-understand medical conditions, ones that resist easy description or simple cures. And as America faces this health crisis of extraordinary proportions, the populations most likely to be neglected by our institutions include women, the working class, and people of color. Blending lyricism and erudition, candor and empathy, O'Rourke brings together her deep and disparate talents and roles as critic, journalist, poet, teacher, and patient, synthesizing the personal and universal into one monumental project arguing for a seismic shift in our approach to disease. The Invisible Kingdom offers hope for the sick, solace and insight for their loved ones, and a radical new understanding of our bodies and our health."-- Provided by publisher.

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My brilliant life

My brilliant life

Kim, Ae-ran, 1980- author.
2021

My Brilliant Life interweaves the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the most difficult times. Areum lives life to its fullest, vicariously through the stories of his parents, conversations with Little Grandpa Jang-- his sixty-year-old neighbor and best friend-- and through the books he reads to visit the places he would otherwise never see. For several months, Areum has been working on a manuscript, piecing together his parents' often embellished stories about his family and childhood. He hopes to present it on his birthday, as a final gift to his mom and dad; their own falling-in-love story. Through it all, Areum and his family will have you laughing and crying, for all the right reasons.

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The outside

The outside

Hoffmann, Ada, author
2019


The pretty one : on life, pop culture, disability, and other reasons to fall in love with me

The pretty one : on life, pop culture, disability, and other reasons to fall in love with me

Brown, Keah, author
2019

"From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America. Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn't always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective. In The Pretty One, Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled -- so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and light-hearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called 'the pretty one' by friends) to navigating romance; her deep affinity for all things pop culture--and her disappointment with the media's distorted view of disability; and her declaration of self-love with the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute. By 'smashing stigmas, empowering her community, and celebrating herself' (Teen Vogue), Brown and The Pretty One aims to expand the conversation about disability and inspire self-love for people of all backgrounds"-- Provided by publisher.

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A quick & easy guide to sex & disability

A quick & easy guide to sex & disability

Andrews, A., author, illustrator
2020

"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. Whether you yourself are disabled, you love someone who is, or you just want to know more, consider this your handy starter kit to understanding disability sexuality, and your path to achieving accessible (and fulfilling) sex"--Publisher.

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Sitting pretty : the view from my ordinary resilient disabled body

Sitting pretty : the view from my ordinary resilient disabled body

Taussig, Rebekah, author
2020

Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous, inspirational, or angelic. None of this felt right. Writing about the rhythms and textures of what it means to live in a body that doesn't fit, Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life.

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Ten steps to Nanette : a memoir situation

Ten steps to Nanette : a memoir situation

Gadsby, Hannah.
2022

"Hannah Gadsby's unique standup special Nanette was a viral success--and to some, her worldwide fame may have seemed like an overnight sensation. But like everything else about Gadsby, there's more to her success than meets the eye. In her first book, the queer Australian comedian, writer, and actress takes us through the key moments in her life that ultimately led to the creation of Nanette and her startling declaration that she was quitting comedy. She traces her growth as a gay woman from Tasmania--where homosexuality was illegal until 1997--to her ever-evolving relationship with comedy, to her struggle with late-in-life diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and finally to the backbone of Nanette--the renouncement of self-deprecation, the rejection of misogyny, and the moral power of telling the truth."-- Provided by publisher.

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Unmasking autism : discovering the new faces of neurodiversity

Unmasking autism : discovering the new faces of neurodiversity

Price, Devon, author
2022

For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless "masked" Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health. Dr. Devon Price shares their personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in.

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What doesn't kill you : a life with chronic illness-lessons from a body in revolt

What doesn't kill you : a life with chronic illness-lessons from a body in revolt

Miller, Tessa, 1988- author.
2021

"A riveting and candid account of a young journalist's awakening to a life of chronic illness, weaving together her personal story with reporting to shed light on how Americans live with long-term diagnoses today."-- Provided by publisher.

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