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Wide variety of memoirs and nonfiction books about living with a learning, cognitive, developmental or physical disability.  

22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Harrington, Candy

22 Accessible Road Trips contains useful and detailed information about accessible travel, that's readable, informative and pertinent. The book is aimed at those who use wheelchairs, walkers or just have mobility issues.

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A Disability History of the United States

Nielsen, Kim E.

The first book to cover the entirety of disability history, from pre-1492 to the present. Disability is not only the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation.

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Accessible vacations: an insider’s guide to 10 national parks

Hayhoe, Simon

This book helps readers with access needs visit national parks and visitor centers. It describes a range of techniques and technologies to make visiting easier and shows you what is available for learning through driving, riding, walking, wheeling, or feeling around ten selected national parks.

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Being Hueman: An Unexpected Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist. An image of Judith Heuman is on the cover.
Being Heumann : an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist

Heumann, Judith E.

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

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Deaf utopia : a memoir–and a love letter to a way of life

DiMarco, Nyle

A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and deaf culture anthem by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international deaf community.

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Demystifying Disability. Myriad disable people are drawn on the cover.
Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally

Ladau, Emily

A guide for how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible place.

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Disability friendly: how to move from clueless to inclusive

Kemp, John D.

Although progress has been made around equality for marginalized groups defined by race, gender, sexual orientation and others - most organizations' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts do not include people with disabilities. This groundbreaking book will open the world's eyes to the overlooked potential of people with disabilities.

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Haben by Haben Girma. Haben's picture is the cover art.
Haben : the Deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law

Girma, Haben

Girma grew up with her family in the Eritrean city of Asmara during Eritrea's thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Defining her disability as an opportunity for innovation. Pioneering her way through obstacles, Girma graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities. This is a testament to her determination to find the keys to connection.

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In sickness and in health : love, disability, and a quest to understand the perils and pleasures of interabled romance

Mattlin, Ben

Through conversations with more than a dozen other couples of varying abilities, ethnic backgrounds, and orientations, Mattlin sets out to understand whether these pairings are as unusual as onlookers seem to think. What emerges is a candid glimpse into the challenges and joys of interabled love.

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Let's Cook: 55 Quick and Easy Recipes for People with Intellectual Disability. The cover art is 4 small photos of people cooking.
Let’s cook! : 55 quick and easy recipes for people with intellectual disability

Riesz, Elizabeth Dunkman

A cookbook designed to help people with intellectual disability prepare their own meals with success.

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Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability : Getting & Keeping Your Benefits

Morton, David A.

This comprehensive book covers both SSDI and SSI, shows the reader how to prove a disability, and explains how one's age, education, and work experience affect his or her chances. Parents will find special information about benefits available to children with a disability.

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The mark of slavery: disability, race, and gender in antebellum America

Barclay, Jenifer L.

Prescient in its analysis and rich in detail, The Mark of Slavery is a powerful addition to the intertwined histories of disability, slavery, and race.

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Year of the tiger: an activist’s life

Wong, Alice

Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer.

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