Inclusive Media

Books About Disability

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

Authors with Disabilities

Image of romance author Helen Hoang. A 30 something woman in a blue shirt with her hair pulled back in a ponytail.

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Helen Hoang had been mulling over an idea for a romance novel that would be a reverse Pretty Woman for some time when she first encountered high-functioning autism, also known as Asperger’s syndrome.

As Hoang began to research in earnest to craft her protagonist, she realized something else: The things she was reading about seemed to describe her and reflect a wealth of her own experiences. And so it was, through researching and writing what would become The Kiss Quotient, that Hoang also pursued and attained an eventual diagnosis for herself, at the age of 34.

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If At Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner

Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don’t Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth, entering the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did a kid who almost failed kindergarten blossom into a viral internet sensation who’s hosted two travel shows, impressed Oprah, driven the Mars Rover, and inspired a John Mayer song? (It wasn’t “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”) If at Birth You Don’t Succeed is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path—even when it’s paved with epic misadventure.

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Image of Zach Anner an author and comedian. He's in a red/maroon suit sitting in his wheelchair and running his hand through his hair.

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

Brain on Fire (2016) – Watch the trailer here

The Road Within (2014) – Watch the trailer here

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

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

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

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

Actors with Disabilities

Daryl “Chill” Mitchell is an American actor. He is known for such roles as Dexter Walker on The John Larroquette Show, Tommy Webber in Galaxy Quest, Leo Michaels on Veronica’s Closet, Eli Goggins III on Ed, and Patton Plame on NCIS: New Orleans.

After a career in hip hop in the 1980s with Groove B. Chill, Mitchell had considerable success as an actor, appearing in House Party and its sequel, Sgt. BilkoGalaxy Quest10 Things I Hate About You, and the TV sitcoms The John Larroquette Show and Veronica’s Closet. He has also made appearances in the sitcom Becker, and in The Game and Desperate Housewives.

Image of actress and activist Marlee Matlin. A woman with blond straight hair sitting on a sofa in a purple shirt.

Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress, author, and deaf activist. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God (1986) and to date is the only deaf performer to have won an Academy Award. Having won the award at the age of 21, she is also the youngest Best Actress winner. Her work in film and television has resulted in a Golden Globe award, with two additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. Deaf since she was 18 months old, due to illness and high fevers, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf.