I've added a new book review to the "books for adults & teens" section of this website. I admit that I am not qualified to comment on most of the advice offered in "Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," but I was impressed by the fact that this book not only reiterates advice offered by Temple Grandin, but also quotes Temple directly. It is always cheering to see so-called "experts" being flexible to listen to those of us successfully living with disabilities.
Like many librarians and teachers, I'm striving to create recommended reading list that are in line with the new common core emphasis on non-fiction. This means I get to read lots of interesting books--and, occasionally, am able to stumble across a good book or article involving individuals with disabilities. I've just added a review of my most recent find, from the National Geographic Kids Chapters series. The title (Dog Finds Lost Dolphins!) and cover art (a dog, standing at the edge of a pool, gazing at a dolphin--whose head is sticking out of the water and who appears to be looking back at the dog. I love books that include disabilities in a matter of fact way, reinforcing the idea that those of us who are disabled are as much a part of society as any one else.
I haven't blogged lately, but I have been busy revising and adding to the website. I've added two new sections: one discussing the importance of equality regarding access to computers and the world wide web ("Tech Talk") and another section which discusses the role libraries have to play in supporting customers in creating and disseminating their own content instead of focusing solely on being a repository of art and information for consumption ("Writing and Libraries"). I have also revised the content on both the home page and the introduction to the Booklists section. I hope the new sections give my readers "food for thought." Comment and let me know what you think!
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.