July is Disability Pride Month which commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. It is a time to acknowledge and honor how disability is a natural part of human diversity in which those living with disabilities can take pride.
Demystifying Disability / Emily Ladau
A guide for how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible place
Disability Visibility / edited by Alice Wong
Collects 17 thought-provoking essays written by disabled people that offer keen insight into the complex and rich disability experience, and ask readers to think of them as members of a community with its own history, culture and movements.
True Biz / Sara Nović
Taking readers into a residential school for the deaf, this coming-of-age novel follows three people—a rebellious transfer student, the school’s golden boy and the headmistress—as they each deal with personal and political crises and find their lives inextricable from one another—and changed forever.
Sitting Pretty / Rebekah Taussig
The disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty offers an honest look at disability and its effects on identity, love, money and self-worth by processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful portrait of a body that looks and moves differently.
Haben / Haben Girma
Documents the incredible story of the first deaf and blind graduate of Harvard Law School, tracing her refugee parents’ harrowing experiences in the Eritrea-Ethiopian war and her development of innovations that enabled her remarkable achievements
Act Your Age, Eve Brown / Talia Hibbert
When his life is taken over by a purple-haired tornado of a woman named Eve Brown, B&B owner Jacob Wayne tries to fight his attraction to this sunny, chaotic woman who is his natural-born enemy.
The Collected Schizophrenias / Esmé Weijun Wang
Using examples from her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, the author discusses some of the misconceptions about the illness, the disagreements within the medical community, and her experiences of the dangers of institutionalization and mistreatment.
About Us / edited and introduced by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson ; foreword by Andrew Solomon
Based on the New York Times series, About Us captures the voices of a community that has been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking The authors in About Us offer intimate stories of how they navigate a world not built for them…. the stories here reveal the range of responses, and the variety of consequences, to being labeled as disabled by the broader public.
Broken Places & Outer Spaces / Nnedi Okorafor ; illustrations by Shyama Golden
A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award-winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths.
The sound of a wild snail eating / Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature.