Books About Disability
Disability activist Alice Wong collects a wide range of disabled voices in this vital, intersectional anthology.
Rebekah Taussig shares her experiences of being disabled in eight thought-provoking and stunning essays.
- The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown
- Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma
- We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
- [Don’t] Call Me Crazy, edited by Kelly Jensen
- The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
- Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner
- Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected by Nnedi Okorafor
- Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
- The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
*These are only a small sample of books about disability or written by authors with disabilities*
Authors with Disabilities
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.
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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.
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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.
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.