Books About Disability
- 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
- It’s Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability by Kelly Davio
- The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
- Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero by Jessica Thom
- 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
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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Check out Helen’s books here.
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.
Check out an article here.
Check out Zach’s book here.
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. Bilko, Galaxy Quest, 10 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.
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.