I just posted a review of Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis on the "Books for Teens and Adults" page. This book is not specifically about disabilities or kids with disabilities--it includes profiles of kids from Kabul who are diverse in many ways--including the fact that some have disabilities and some do not. This book's inclusion was so matter-of-fact and yet so respectful of how central having a disability is to the lives of the children profiled. This title reminded me that creating libraries is more about talking books and ramps--it also means having "inclusive" texts available for all children to read.
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.