Disability Awareness Month Booklist

By: Dawn Amsberry

April is Disability Awareness Month, also called Diversability Month, at Penn State. In recognition of Diversability, the Libraries Accessibility Committee has compiled the following list of books written by people with disabilities. These stories, memoirs and essays, all available in the University Libraries, provide an insider’s view of the diverse lived experiences of people with various disabilities. We hope you will enjoy exploring these titles. For further reading, the National Consortium on Developmental Disabilities has a comprehensive list of recommended books about the disability experience.

Autobiography of a Face
Lucy Grealy

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jean-Dominique Bauby

El Deafo
Cece Bell

Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
Eli Clare

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s 
John Elder Robison

Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence
John Hockenberry

My Body Politic: A Memoir
Simi Linton

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
Jill Taylor

No Walls of Stone: An Anthology of Literature by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers
Jill Christine Jepson

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
Jonathan Mooney

Stuttering: A Life Bound Up in Words
Marty Jezer

There’s a Boy in Here
Judy Barron and Sean Barron

Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism
Temple Grandin

Too Late to Die Young
Harriet McBryde Johnson

What’s That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness
Henry Kisor

1 thought on “Disability Awareness Month Booklist

  1. Barbara Bellehumeur

    Thank you, the books are interesting and very timely. I have a rare, hidden disorder that needs much Awareness and educational material other than research and NIH reports. Your efforts are showing, TY> People with Vascular EDS would do well to have as much as this available………I find very little written about EDS. Each year I learn of people who have not been diagnosed. We do have resources and blogs, FB and a writer who creates very good fiction with a main charter with vEDS.

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