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Many people graciously contributed books that have illuminated the disability experience for them, books that have informed them of the injustices that have occurred — and continue to occur — toward people with disabilities, or books that have reflected their own experiences.
This list, however, is not — and may never be — fully complete. This list includes months of good reads These books are divided into the following sections: The first section presents books written by people with disabilities or by family members.
Most are memoir-style accounts.
They convey the experience of disability through first person accounts. Some are collections of essays and other writings by people with disabilities.
Following this list are some additional recommendations which include fiction, non-fiction, books for children, and films.
Several of the following suggested books are from the Disability Studies: Unless otherwise noted, the list of films and their synopses are from the Disabilities Studies list Taylor, Shoultz, and Walker,as well.
For more information on the Syracuse University Disability Studies list, please visit: For larger lists of documentaries, including major motion pictures, two sources are the UC Berkeley Media Resources Center lists about the disability experience http: Sean then retells some of these accounts with his own memories of these events; in particular, he emphasizes how these behaviors were not only pleasurable for him, but were an attempt to control his environment and lessen the possibilities of failure.
Except for nine months he spent in a residential school, Sean was fully included in general education throughout his schooling and Sean provides a detailed perspective of his classroom experiences. While the account provides the perspectives of both the parent and the person with autism, unfortunately, the narrative ultimately reinforces the idea that autism is something to be cured or overcome Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University.
The diving bell and the butterfly. On December 8Elle magazine editor-in-chief Bauby suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings but physically paralyzed with the exception of some movement in his head and left eye.
Bauby had Locked-in-Syndrome, a rare condition caused by stroke damage to the brain stem. Eye movements and blinking a code representing letters of the alphabet became his sole means of communication.
It is also how he dictated this warm, sad, and extraordinary memoir. Bauby's thoughts on the illness, the hospital, family, friends, career, and life before and after the stroke appear with considerable humor and humanity.
Actor Rene Auberjonois's narration adds to the poignancy of the story. Sadly, Bauby died of his condition in Source: A true story of birth, rebirth, and everyday magic Reissue ed. Expecting Adam is an autobiographical tale of an academically-oriented Harvard couple who conceive a baby with Down's syndrome and decide to carry him to term.
Despite everything Martha Beck and her husband John know about themselves and their belief system, when Martha gets accidentally pregnant and the fetus is discovered to have Down's syndrome, the Becks find they cannot even consider abortion.
The presence of the fetus that they each privately believe is a familiar being named Adam is too strong. As Martha's difficult pregnancy progresses, odd coincidences and paranormal experiences begin to occur for both Martha and John, though for months they don't share them with each other.
Martha's pregnancy and Adam become the catalyst for tremendous life changes for the Becks Source: Excerpted from Ericka Lutz, Amazon.
Life as we know it: A father, family, and an exceptional child. This remarkable book is a father's story of the life of his 4-year-old son James, who has Down syndrome. It is far more than just a personal memoir of his son's birth and young life. Implicit in these discussions are not just his own family's experiences in these realms, but also concepts such as social justice, what it means to be human, what kind of society is valued, and by what means we determine this value Source: Autism and other adventures.
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