Four Books for Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month! Here are four nonfiction books we recommend reading this month (and every month!).

Disability Pride Month commemorates the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.3 billion people experience “significant disability,” or 16 percent of the population.

Nonfiction Books for Disability Pride Month

Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau’s Demystifying Disability bills itself as an approachable guide on how to be a better, more informed ally to disabled people. Topics include how to think, talk and ask about disability; recognizing and avoiding ableism; disability etiquette; practicing accessibility in everyday life; disability history and identity; and spotting disability stereotypes in media.

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Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

Sitting Pretty is an essay collection from disability advocate Rebekah Taussig, a Kanas City-based writer and teacher. In the collection, she navigates her life as a person who grew up paralyzed in the 1990s and early ’00s. Taussig touches on several topics, from media stereotypes to living independently to the effects of ableism.

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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong

Edited by disability advocate Alice Wong, this anthology brings together over a dozen first-person stories by disabled people. The book reaches wide, inviting readers to question their own understandings of disability.

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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner

Judith Heumann is one of the most influential disability rights activists in the United States; her activism helped lay the groundwork for the eventual Americans with Disabilities Act. Read her memoir to learn about life, work and disability history.

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