Inclusive Media

Books About Disability

*These are only a small sample of books about disability or written by authors with disabilities*

Authors with Disabilities

author Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler is one of the world’s most acclaimed sci-fi writers, but not many know that she dealt with severe dyslexia her whole life. Despite her learning impairment, Butler wrote a whooping 15 books in her lifetime. Her most famous novel, Kindred, incorporates time-travel and American history as the protagonist, a young African American woman, is sent back in time to when slavery was legal in America. Kindred is a moving and emotional book about our connections to the past and social discrimination.

Check out the book here.

My Left Foot by Christy Brown

Christy Brown was an Irish writer and painter who had cerebral palsy and was able to write or type only with the toes of one foot. His most recognized work is his autobiography, titled My Left Foot. It was later made into a 1989 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Brown.

Check out the book here.

author Christy Brown

TV & Movies

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) – Watch the trailer here

Wonder (2017) – Watch the trailer here

Life According to Sam (2015) – Watch the trailer here

See What I’m Saying (2010) – Watch the trailer here

I Am Sam (2001) – Watch the trailer here

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) – Watch the trailer here

Brain on Fire (2016) – Watch the trailer here

The Road Within (2014) – Watch the trailer here

Raising Tourette’s (2018) – Watch on A&E and trailer here

Atypical (2017-present) – Watch on Netflix and trailer here

Speechless (2016-2019) – Watch on Hulu and trailer here

Born This Way (2015-2019) – Watch on Hulu or A&E and trailer here

Daredevil (2015-2018) – Watch on Netflix and trailer here

Switched at Birth (2011-2017) – Watch on Freeform and trailer here

Deaf U (2020) – Watch on Netflix and trailer here

Love on the Spectrum (2019) – Watch on Netflix and trailer here

*These are only a small sample of tv shows/movies about disability*

Actors with Disabilities




Alyson Mackenzie Stroker is an American actress and singer. She is the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to appear on a Broadway stage, and to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. Stroker was a finalist on the second season of The Glee Project, and later appeared as a guest star on Glee in 2013.

actress Alyson Stroker
actor Micah Fowler



Micah D. Fowler is an American actor with cerebral palsy. He is most known for his roles in Labor Day and JJ DiMeo in the television series Speechless. Fowler has also had minor roles in Blue’s Clues and Sesame Street.