National AccessAbility Week - Adult Books

May 30 - Jun 5

This year’s theme is “Disability Inclusion 2021: Leaving No One Behind”.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/national-accessability-week.html

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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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The best awful : a novel

The best awful : a novel

Fisher, Carrie, author
2005


Black iris

Black iris

Wake, Elliot, author.
2015


Borderline

Borderline

Baker, Mishell, author.
2016


The center cannot hold : my journey through madness

The center cannot hold : my journey through madness

Saks, Elyn R., 1955- author
2007

A memoir of paranoid schizophrenia by an accomplished professor recounts her first symptoms at the age of eight, her efforts to hide the severity of her condition, and the obstacles she has overcome in the course of her treatment and marriage.

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City of lies

City of lies

Hawke, Sam, author
2018


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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Disfigured : on fairy tales, disability, and making space

Disfigured : on fairy tales, disability, and making space

Leduc, Amanda, author
2020

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference.

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Everfair

Everfair

Shawl, Nisi, author
2016


From the periphery : real-life stories of disability

From the periphery : real-life stories of disability

Justesen, Pia, author
2020

"FROM THE PERIPHERY consists of more than thirty first-person narratives by activists and everyday people who describe what it's like to be treated differently by society because of their disabilities"-- Provided by publisher.

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Get a life, Chloe Brown

Get a life, Chloe Brown

Hibbert, Talia, author
2019

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost--but not quite--dying, she's come up with seven directives to help her 'Get a life', and she's already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family's mansion. The next items? Enjoy a drunken night out; ride a motorcycle; go camping; have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex; travel the world with nothing but hand luggage; and do something bad. But it's not easy being bad, even when you've written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

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Golem girl : a memoir

Golem girl : a memoir

Lehrer, Riva, 1958- author
2020

In 1958, Riva is one of the first children born with spina bifida to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to "fix" her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. That she will never have a job, a romantic relationship, or an independent life. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured. Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. Their work is daring, edgy, funny, and dark; it rejects tropes that define disabled people as pathetic, frightening, or worthless. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits--an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world. With each portrait, and each person's story, the myths she's been told her whole life--about her body, her sexuality, and the value of normalcy--begin to crumble.

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Good kings bad kings : a novel

Good kings bad kings : a novel

Nussbaum, Susan author
2013




Laughing at my nightmare

Laughing at my nightmare

Burcaw, Shane, author
2014


Marcelo in the real world

Marcelo in the real world

Stork, Francisco X.
2009

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

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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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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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The story of my life

The story of my life

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
1988