Thursday, October 1, 2009

Great reading

Here are links to several stories and blog posts that I found particularly interesting.

The first is an article in the UK Times about the importance of disabled characters in children's books. It's written by a dad with a disability and talks about In the Picture, a British campaign to encourage publishers, writers and illustrators to include children with disabilities. This is one of the resulting illustrations!

So Don't! And See What Happens! is a Canadian example that includes Madi - a girl with cerebral palsy who uses a voice-output device. What I love about this book is that it's not about Madi's disability - Madi, her wheelchair and her talking machine are simply part of the story, part of the everyday life that I want my son to see himself in.

Over at Hopeful Parents is a lovely post about accepting our children's journeys - and our own. None of us are is written by Kyra Anderson, who blogs about her 8-year-old son with Asperger syndrome at This Mom.

I found this poem posted by the mom of a 17-year-old with global delays and mental-health issues at Just Me particularly moving: i never made it to dance class.

And Ellen at To the Max shared this powerful Bill of Rights for Parents of Kids with Special Needs.

Cheers, Louise