The Disability Experience

  • Illustrated By: Belle Wuthrich
  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Issues
  • Themes:inclusion, othering, independence, advocacy, accessibility
  • Available:04/13/2021
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:1140L
  • ATOS:8.5
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People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours.

The difference is that PWDs don’t have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you’ll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll begin to understand the ways PWDs have been ignored, reviled and marginalized throughout history. The book also celebrates the triumphs and achievements of PWDs and shares the powerful stories of those who have fought for change.

“Leavitt has created more than just an informative introduction to disability—this book is a compelling disability experience that ensnares readers in the lives of real people with real disabilities living their lives just like anyone else. Amidst the real-life accounts and definitions, the author emphasizes the social model, the idea that society's lack of understanding and accommodations is the disabling factor. This is a comprehensive, eye-opening disability primer.”
“A candid introduction to the multifaceted experiences of people with disabilities.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“An engaging, conversational writing style...The Disability Experience does an excellent job of explaining the disability experience and should be required reading for all teens (and adults, too). Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“The book would be useful for reports, but its strength is a narrative voice that asks readers to contemplate another point of view…A strong…introduction to disabilities.”
– School Library Journal
“Easy-to-follow...Offers readers who have little knowledge of people with disabilities a crash course in understanding – rather than fearing – the unfamiliar.”
– Quill & Quire
BC Books for BC Schools   | 2021  |  Commended
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2022  |  Commended
Children’s Book Council & National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People   | 2022  |  Commended
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities - Portrayals of Disability   | 2023  |  Commended
Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Information Book Award   | 2022  |  Short-listed