15 Books to Celebrate Disability Pride

By Estefanía Vélez, Library Information Assistant
July 2, 2021
Woodlawn Heights Library

In New York City, July is recognized as Disability Pride Month. Since 2015, this month-long commemoration has been held in honor of the landmark legislation: Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). In response to systemic discrimination and negative views on disability and chronic illness, Disability Pride is a movement that seeks to celebrate people with disabilities for who they are, as they are—no exceptions. While New York's Disability Pride Parade has been temporarily postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, you can still celebrate from home...with the help of a few great books! 

Through these #OwnVoices selections, we invite you to celebrate and elevate people with disabilites, call for disability justice, and challenge ableism through reading.

If you find it hard to read standard print, The New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Library provides free access to talking books, talking book players, braille, a talking book download website and a free talking book and ebraille app for mobile devices. Go to nypl.org/talkingbooks to learn more and to apply.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.