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.
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.