This article was originally published on Rooted in Rights here. It has been adapted for the We Need Diverse Books audience. By Alaina Leary As meetings and events in the book world continue to take place in virtual spaces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, accessibility is too often an … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community
Content warning: This article contains accurate historical information about ableism and the eugenics movement in the early 1900s in the United States. By J. Albert Mann As a disability activist, I’m often asked, "Has it gone too far?" in reference to accommodations, accessibility, inclusion, … [Read more...] about Writing About Disability and Eugenics in 1928 in THE DEGENERATES
Today we’re pleased to welcome Marieke Nijkamp to the WNDB blog to discuss their graphic novel THE ORACLE CODE, out March 10, 2020! After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham's teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now … [Read more...] about Q&A with Marieke Nijkamp: THE ORACLE CODE
by medina As a child, I loved words. I was adopted when I was two and a half years old from Honduras and I found all things American fascinating, especially the English language. English words stuck to the roof of my mouth like fudge. I chewed them soft and taught them how to form shapes that … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to See Your Full Self on the Page?
By Rebecca Weber I am an academic librarian who loves children and young adult literature. Lucky for me, I get to work every day at a university with future teachers and help introduce them to children’s and young adult literature. I also live with mild cerebral palsy and often walk with … [Read more...] about 5 YA Titles Featuring Characters With Physical Disabilities
Editor's note: We Need Diverse Books has decided to update the original list of books, which included 7 titles, to remove A Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore and Ziggy, Stardust & Me by James Brandon. We were made aware of the Native representation in these books by Debbie Reese. For more … [Read more...] about 5 MG and YA Novelists with Disabled Characters Share What Inspired Their Stories
By Karol Silverstein This story was first published in The Glass House. It happens to me regularly. I’ll be in a grocery store, a restaurant, maybe on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building, heading for the garage. A group of kids spots me and freezes—startled by my hand deformities, … [Read more...] about How Stories About Disability Help Create Empathy
Today we’re delighted to welcome Alison Gervais to the WNDB blog to discuss her upcoming debut THE SILENCE BETWEEN US, out August 13, 2019. Moving halfway across the country to Colorado right before senior year isn’t Maya’s idea of a good time. Leaving behind Pratt School for the Deaf where she’s … [Read more...] about Q&A with Alison Gervais: THE SILENCE BETWEEN US