Sep 23


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 culture of their own.”

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Jul 20


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 M. Schweik uncovers the murky history behind the laws, situating the varied legislation in its historical context and…

Read more about The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (History of Disability)

Jul 07

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

Jul 01

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 and visually impaired reader, Touch the Universe takes readers on a voyage of discovery, starting at Eart… More >>

Touch the Universe: A Nasa Braille Book of Astronomy

Jun 11

A Beautiful Mind

Posted by Soliloquy in Mental Illness

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 a schizophrenic, he was beset by bizarre delusions, unable to work, and repeatedly incarcerated in mental hospitals.

A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr.

A Beautiful Mind (unabridged audio book)

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