Inclusive Media

Diverse Books

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

Authors with Disabilities

Author Allie Brosh sitting on a bed wearing a yellow t-shirt and a skirt while holding a notebook

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh has severe depression and ADHD, and her comics have won praise from others with those conditions and mental health professionals. Her first book, Hyperbole and a Half, which is written in a similar style of part comic, part narrative, brought me to tears of laughter and includes one of the most accurate descriptions of depression I’ve ever read. This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2020.

Check out an article here.

Check out Allie’s blog here.

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Phoenix Extravagant takes us through an inspiringly imaginative journey about devotion, connection, and the power of art as resistance. Part fantasy, part literary fiction, this book will prove irresistible to all readers prizing a story brimming with cultural significance, vivid artistic imagery, and the limitless capability of art for reclaiming one’s identity.

Drawing a fantasy world analogous to the Japanese occupation of Korea before and during World War II.”

Yoon Ha Lee is a Korean-American SFF author who has bipolar disorder and struggles with depression. His novel Phoenix Extravagant follows a nonbinary painter as they team up with a mecha dragon against an evil empire.

Check out an article here.

Check out Yoon’s books here.

Author Yoon Ha Lee in profile wearing a dark long sleeve buttoned down shirt

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

George Ross Robinson (born 12 September 1997) is a British actor. He is known for his role as Isaac Goodwin in the Netflix series Sex Education. Robinson was born in Nottingham and grew up in Maxey. He attended Stamford School and participated in school plays. Like his character, Robinson is tetraplegic from a spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair. The injury occurred whilst playing rugby in South Africa in 2015 at age 17. Robinson began studying Philosophy at the University of Birmingham before landing his role on Sex Education.

Learn more about George here: In Conversation with George Robinson

Image of George Robinson on the set of Sex Education as his character Isaac Goodwin.
Actress Lauren Ridloff in a pair of white shorts with a white top that hangs down and tall platform high heels.

Lauren Ridloff (née Teruel; born April 6, 1978) is a deaf American actress known for her roles in the TV series The Walking Dead and the film Eternals. Her breakthrough role was in 2018 with her lead performance in the Broadway play Children of a Lesser God, for which she was nominated several awards, including a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She was subsequently cast in The Walking Dead as Connie in its ninth season that aired in late 2018. In Eternals, released in 2021, she played the deaf superhero Makkari.

Learn more about Lauren here: Lauren Ridloff Steps Into Her Power