Barrier-Free Library, Biblio File
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Selected memoirs and practical resources relating to disabilities in commemoration of December 3rd: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
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By Allen Rucker
Without warning the 50-year-old author is struck with transverse myelitis.
By Lawrence M. Siegel
The author, a special education attorney and advocate, explains the Individualized Education Plan process and discusses effective ways parents can advocate for their children.
By Ann Roberts and Richard J. Smith
Discusses different types of disabilities and their specific needs. Includes implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and assistive technologies appropriate for the library setting.
By Elizabeth Thompson
The writer tells of how she lives life to the fullest, despite progressive hearing loss and multiple sclerosis, by taking advantage of opportunities and technology.
By Stephen Kuusisto
A poetic memoir of blindness and listening by the author of the acclaimed Planet of the Blind
By Marlee Matlin
Memoir of the Academy Award-winning actress, who has been deaf since she was 18 months old.
By Sarah Reinertsen with Alan Goldsher
A world-class athlete and T.V. personality talks frankly of her struggles and shares later triumphs.
By James C. Harris
How to help those with an intellectual disability live a fulfilling life.
By Hugh de Montalembert
Blinded in a violent attack, the author tells of his rehabilitation, subsequent far-ranging travels, and how he learned to "see" without the use of his eyes.
By Ellen Rogers
An extraordinary service animal gave a flustered family the miracle they were hoping for.
By Ashley Fiolek
Story of Ashley Fiolek, born deaf, who had won the Women's Motocross Championship—twice—by age 20.
By Peggy Lou Morgan
Step-by-step instructions to meet day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.
By Gary Presley
One man's unvarnished story of building a life after contracting polio at 17.
By Andres Torres
Torres writes affectionately about straddling four worlds while growing up: Puerto Rican; New Yorker; Deaf; and Hearing.
By Terrell Harris Dougan
This tale recounts, with humor and compassion, the author's memories of growing up with a special-needs sibling.
By Josh Swiller.
The author, who lost his hearing as a child, tells of his experience in Zimbabwe with the Peace Corps, which he joined "to find a place past deafness."
By Heather Sellers
Memoir of a woman with a neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing the faces of people she knows.
By Barbara Kate Repa
A guide to help employees learn about their legal rights at work, including strategic suggestions, resources, and information about how to deal with unfair treatment, disability and workers' compensation insurance, discrimination, and wrongful demotion.
This list was compiled by Brigid Cahalan, Alexandra Gomez, and Dana Simon. These and other resources in different formats are available at your local library.