07/29/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/29/2020 10:06
While there is a still so much to do, we want to take this time to recognize the impact the ADA has made in the lives of so many people in our communities and in our history. To celebrate this milestone, we have created the following selection of books.
DB 86568 Seeing home: the Ed Lucas story: a blind broadcaster's story of overcoming life's greatest obstacles by Ed Lucas
A blind baseball broadcaster tells his personal and professional story. Lucas lost his sight in an accident in 1951 at age twelve. His love of baseball led him to a career broadcasting games and interviewing players. His love of his children led him to fight for custody after his wife left. 2015.
Gray and Skeesuck, friends for the entirety of their lives, detail their 2014 journey along the 500-mile-long Camino de Santiago--with Skeesuck, who has multifocal acquired motor axonopathy, using a wheelchair. Discusses their friendship, the faith that sustained them for their trek, and the people they met. 2017.
A history of design in the United States that provides increased accessibility for those with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Also discusses the individuals and events that propelled the civil rights movement leading to the Architectural Barriers Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 2019.
The author portrays his difficulty in coping with a condition that he could not comprehend until he discovered in middle age that it was a serious learning disability. Born into a nearly illiterate Mennonite village in a Canadian prairie province, Schmitt suffered humiliation, confusion, and failure. Now he looks upon his handicap as something to survive, not resolve.
Tada, paralyzed from the neck down by a diving accident in 1967, shares her struggle--what she calls an 'incredible adventure'--to adjust to her disability. Describes overcoming, through faith in God, her physical and emotional challenges and even becoming a skillful artist by using her mouth to guide her pen. 1976.
Forty informative essays by successful adult role models who have 'lived the disability experience.' Individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, learning disabilities, and other health conditions share their thoughts on acceptance, parenting, sexuality, and education. 2004.
The author shares her life journey beginning when she was a child and diagnosed with an eye disease and adjusting to life without sight. She shares real lilfe stories and describes how she dealt with the challenges with grit and gratitude.
A former child actor tells of his experiences gradually losing sight between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five. He gives advice for overcoming fears, counting your blessings, silencing your inner critic, and not letting other people's assumptions define how you see yourself. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
A young woman writes of a light sensitivity that has forced her to live in darkness. She describes how the first symptom--her face burning from the computer screen--progressed to her entire body's intolerance of fluorescent light and sunlight. Audiobooks, word games, occasional relative remissions, and the man she loves make it bearable. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Young artist and disability activist's memoir recounts his inspirational journey. Discusses living with cerebral palsy in New York City, his many challenges, and triumphs such as his popular Tumblr blog, Aaronverse, that has succeeded in raising awareness. For grades 4-7. 2016.
Story based on the early experiences of Carmen Apelgren, who never let her visual impairment keep her from being a reader, a swimmer, a cheerleader, or anything else she wanted to be. For grades K-3.
The author picks three young people to show how life can 'change in a minute.' Steven was skateboarding when a fall left him partially paralyzed. Trisha was sleeping in the backseat of a car when it was hit by a truck. Christopher was applying for colleges when blurry vision led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Physical and emotional adjustments each encountered are described. For grades 6-9 and older readers.
Cofounder of the nonprofit Born Just Right, young Jordan mentors other kids with limb differences. She recounts her journey growing up without the bottom half of her left arm and discusses the inspiration for her invention of Project Unicorn, a prosthetic that shoots biodegradable glitter. For grades 4-7. 2019.
Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act and profiles its proponents and opponents. Examines the impact of the 1990 law on public policy protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in the fields of employment, housing, public facilities and transportation, and communications systems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.
Autobiography of a Hawaiian junior-champion surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack when she was thirteen. Describes her home life and Christian upbringing. Relates the experiences of consulting a blind psychologist about her disability, and relearning the sport. For senior high and older readers. 2004.
Selected writings from the online journal of blind college student and aspiring social worker Coby, who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Discusses her guide dog Julio, her Christianity, and the differences between blindness and chronic illness. For senior high and older readers. 2007.
Rubin, a blind mezzo-soprano opera singer born with perfect pitch and Leber's Amaurosis--a disease that prevents the retina from developing--recounts her idyllic California childhood learning to read braille, use a cane, and ski and taking voice lessons. Highlights her struggles getting roles because of her disability. Young adult appeal. 2012.
Hockey player Travis Roy was paralyzed and left a quadriplegic almost immediately after taking to the ice in his first collegiate game at Boston University in 1995. He describes his rehabilitation, supportive family, and eventual return to school in a wheelchair. For senior high and older readers. 1998.
Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy--from awkward handshakes to trying to find a girlfriend, and everything in between. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.
Millie lost both her legs (and her career) when she jumped off the roof of her film school. Now she is recruited by a group called the Arcadia Project, who watch over the border between Hollywood and the world of the magical fey. Strong language and some violence. 2016.
DB 54201 The postcard: Amish Country Crossroad series, book 1 by Beverly Lewis
Mennonite widow Rachel Yoder, hysterically blind after witnessing her son and husband killed in a buggy accident, lives and works at her Amish parents' bed-and-breakfast along with her young daughter. There she meets writer Philip Bradley, who uncovers family secrets when he finds a love letter in an antique desk.
Margaret Jacobsen is in a plane crash with her boyfriend which leaves her paralyzed. In the aftermath, she reevaluates her relationships, reconnecting with the sister she hasn't seen in years and bonding with Ian, the tough physical therapist who won't let her give in to self-pity. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Retired forensic scientist and criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is enlisted to track down a serial murderer who is stalking victims in New York City. Injured on the job and now a quadriplegic, Rhyme can move one finger--enabling him to use his computer. Assisted by policewoman Amelia Sachs, Rhyme races against time to find the killer. Includes a glossary of forensic terms. Violence and strong language. 1997.
Colorado. Twenty-five-year-old Brenden McCarthy is a first-year medical resident and an avid mountain climber until a climbing accident blinds him. Now Brenden's widowed mother wants to care for him and his fiancée considers leaving him, while Brenden enters rehabilitation and gets a guide dog--thrice-rejected black Labrador Nelson. 2008.
After losing his job as a stockbroker and his wife to divorce, Press has retired to his cabin in Vermont to deal with losing his sight. Interacting with his eclectic mix of neighbors provides him distraction and solace as he learns his new world. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.
In a distant frontier world, thirteen-year-old Jacob is uncertain of his future in a community that considers blindness a virtue and those who see, as aberrations. For junior and senior high readers.
When he is paired with a girl who has lost her legs, Rescue worries that he isn't up to the task of being her service dog. Based on the true story of Rescue and Jessica Kensky, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. For grades K-3. 2018.
Landon, who wears cochlear implants, struggles to get people to look past his disability and see him as a talented football player. Determination and an unlikely friendship help get Landon off the bench and onto the field. For grades 5-8. 2016.DB 86726 The call by Peadar Ó Guilin
Every teenager in Ireland dreads the one day that they will be subjected to 'the call,' which whisks them away to battle monsters. With limited mobility due to polio, Nessa Doherty trains to survive and is determined to return alive. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.
After meeting at the school's radio station, shy Kyle forms an unusual friendship with Hailey, a spunky rocker living with degenerative blindness. Together, they decide to tackle their bucket lists of their greatest fears. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.
Kara, a popular high school senior, has an amazing boyfriend, until she leaves a party angry and wakes up in a hospital bed--paralyzed from the waist down. As she adjusts to her new reality, Kara learns who her friends really are. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.