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Featured Disability Books

Seeing Voices

Seeing Voices

In this work, Sacks explores all facets of the deaf world–he meets with deaf people and their families and visits schools for the deaf, spending a good deal of time at Gallaudet University. As he writes, “I had now to see them in a new, ‘ethnic light,’ as people with a distinctive language, sensibility, and […]

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The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (History of Disability)

The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (History of Disability)

In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, municipal laws targeting “unsightly beggars” sprang up in cities across America. Seeming to criminalize disability and thus offering a visceral example of discrimination, these “ugly laws” have become a sort of shorthand for oppression in disability studies, law, and the arts.In this watershed study of the ugly laws, Susan […]

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Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence

Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence

A journalist for National Public Radio and ABC News recounts the challenges he has faced as a paraplegic at home and abroad, from the dangers of war-torn Iraq and Jerusalem to discrimination at home. Reprint…. More >> Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence

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Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy

Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy

Touch the Universe is an innovative and unique astronomy book. It is a combination of Braille and large-print captions that face 14 pages of brilliant Hubble Space Telescope photos with embossed shapes that represent various astronomical objects such as stars, gas clouds, and jets of matter streaming into space. “Universally designed” for both the sighted […]

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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

At the age of 21, a brilliant and highly eccentric graduate student made a major contribution to game theory: John Nash had discovered an influential theory of rational human behaviour. But ten years later, at the peak of a dazzling mathematical career and soon after his marriage to a physicist, Nash suffered a breakdown. Diagnosed […]

Nov 28


From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha’s Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness. In stark contrast to the experience of most deaf people in our own society, the Vineyarders who were born deaf were so thoroughly integrated into the daily life of the community that they were not seen–and did not see themselves–as handicapped or as a group apart. Deaf people were included in all aspects of life, such as town…

Read more about Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard.

Nov 26


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac — the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

Parker Brown turned the quartet’s childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she’s the face of Vows — the one who meets every bride’s demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma’s romantic flowers, Laurel’s delicious treats, and Mac’s s…

Read more about Happy Ever After (Bride (Nora Roberts)).

Nov 24


A husband and wife with Asperger’s Syndrome give invaluable advice to and for teens and adults going through this difficult period. Anyone who has read Jerry Newport’s first book, “Your Life is Not a Label”, knows that he has a knack for bringing understanding, warmth, and humor to any subject. Here, in this invaluable book, he and his wife, Mary, bring those same abilities to explaining the world of sexuality to people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome….

Read more about Autism – Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond.

Nov 24

As part of their outreach efforts, Bookshare has offered to give anyone (with a qualifying disability) a free one month trial membership if a current volunteer (that would be me) refers them. To claim your trial membership, you’ll have to do two things:

1) Contact me with your name and email address. You can leave a comment here, use the Contact form, or send me a tweet @DisabilityBook on Twitter.

2) Enter the following promo code in Step 3 of the form when you sign up: VGM2010

And to put the icing on the cake, the volunteer who refers the most new members each month gets to pick books to add to the collection, and a donor will pay for the books and scanning. Tell me what book you would like to read that isn’t already on Bookshare when you contact me, and I’ll consider it for recommendation if I win!

This is a great opportunity to read all those books you’ve been missing out on. Thanks to Bookshare for giving away memberships!

Nov 22


So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. If we can conquer outer space, we can conquer inner space, too.

Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In Nothing Is Impossible, the author of the bestselling autobiography Still Me shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. He interweaves anecdotes from his own life wi…

Read more about Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life.

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