Awakening to Disability Nothing About Us Without Us by Karen Stone; Volcano Press, 1997. Karen shows us that we are all human and that disability is only a small matter through this book about breaking barriers, strength and compassion.
People with Disabilities Who Challenge the System Edited by D. Lehr, Ph.D., & F. Brown, Ph.D.,Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 1996. Demonstrates how to build supports to surmount the unique challenges of including people who are deaf-blind, have some cognitive disabilities, or have serious behavior problems.
Crossing the River : Creating a Conceptual Revolution in Community and Disability by David B. Schwartz; Brookline Books, 1992. Dr. Schwartz points out the promise, potential, and limits of this new direction of community and disabilities, illustrating how this conception can work.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman ; Published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux; Oct. 98. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, this brilliantly reported and beautifully crafted book explores the clash between a medical center in California and a Hmong refugee family over their care of a child--and the lack of understanding that led to tragedy.
An Introduction to Persons With Severe Disabilities : Educational and Social Issues by John J. McDonnell, Michael L. Hardman; Allyn & Bacon, 1995. Defines and describes various categories of disability and discusses effective education and community service systems, family and friends, biomedical issues, infant intervention and preschool programs through adult services, and programs for the aging and elderly. The four authors are all connected with special education.
Families, Professionals and Exceptionality : A Special Partnership by Ann P. Turnbull, H. Rutherford, III Turnbull, Prentice Hall Publishers, 1997. Written by highly experienced special educators who are parents of a disabled child, this newly revised text focuses on family-professional empowerment, offers a wealth of concrete, and time-tested strategies for building reliable alliances between families and educators, and is based on the belief that the most rewarding of living one's personal and professional life is through collaboration for empowerment.
No Pity : People With Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement by Joseph P. Shapiro; Times Books, 1994. A vibrant and compelling account of our century's last great civil rights movement. Over the last 30 years, disabled Americans have fought for freedom from the discrimination and oppression of medical, psychological, and bureaucratic establishments. This is the first popular history of the disability rights movement.
Moving Violations : War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence by John Hockenberry; Hyperion Publishers, 1995. A veteran NPR commentator and popular correspondent on ABC-TV's Day One news program relates his experiences of danger and discrimination during to his world travels and confinement to a wheelchair.
Deciphering the System : A Guide for Families of Young Children With Disabilities by Paula J. Beckman, Gayle Beckman Boyes; Brookline Books, 1994. It provides basic information about parents' rights under recent legislation affecting young children with disabilities. Deciphering the System provides information about many other aspects of the service system the parents may encounter including the education assessment process, how parents can work with multiple service providers, ways to manage the large amount of information that accumulates, and what parents can expect when service providers seek information about their family. There are tips about handling IEP and IFSP meetings, due process hearings, and the transitions which are part of everyone's life, and a chapter about obtaining support from other parents. Finally, there is a glossary which parents can use to help them sort out professional jargon and an extensive lists of resources available to these young children.
Kids With Special Needs : Information and Activities to Promote Awareness and Understanding by Veronica Getskow, Dee Konczal, Bev Armstrong (Illustrator); Learning Works, 1995. Children with disabilities have special needs, but perhaps their greatest need is to be understood and accepted by other children. This book promotes an understanding and awareness of these challenges. It includes background information and simulation exercises about communicative, developmental, physical, and learning disabilities. A comprehensive resource for parents and teachers of children with special needs.
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updated September 13, 1998