Disability Awareness

April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

Our latest display focuses on Disability Awareness.

Inspiration: This display came to us from one of our alumni student workers.  Aubrey, who also happens to be the daughter of one of our librarians, is currently in grad school for working with children with disabilities.  For one of her classes she needed to promote disability awareness in the community, and asked if we had a display space she could use.  She wanted to highlight books we had in our collection that focused on this issue, especially children’s books that promote positive portrayals of individuals with disabilities.

Book Selection: Aubrey wanted to focus her display on books from our Juvenile and Young Adult sections.  She found some fiction and some nonfiction in our catalog including:

  • Apple is My Sign by Mary Riskind
  • The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin
  • Helen Keller: Facing Her Challenges, Challenging the World by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • White Crane by Sandy Fussell
  • Owl Ninja by Sandy Fussell
  • Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
  • The Dagger Quick by Brian Eames
  • The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Cromer Byars
  • Jerrold Petrofsky: Biomedical Pioneer by Timothy Gaffney
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Youth with Physical Challenges by Joan Esherick
  • Finding My Voice: Youth with Speech Impairment by Joyce Libal
  • A Different Way of Seeing: Youth with Visual Impairments and Blindness by Patricia Souder
  • Chained: Youth with Chronic Illness by Autumn Libal
  • Stuck on Fast Forward: Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by Shirley Brinkerhoff
  • Why Can’t I Learn Like Everyone Else?: Youth With Learning Disabilities by Shirley Brinkerhoff
  • The Ocean Inside: Youth Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Autumn Libal
  • The Journey Toward Recovery: Youth with Brain Injury by Joan Esherick
  • Guaranteed Rights: The Legislation that Protects Youth With Special Needs by Joan Esherick
  • The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal his Son by Rupert Isaacson
  • Making Peace with Autism: One Family’s Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Giftsby Susan Senator

Creating the Actual Display:  This was the first display in our new display area.   When condensing our magazine section, we were able to empty off a whole side of a range, where we plan on how having a rotating multi-cultural display series.  The nice part about it is that the shelves are meant to display the covers of the books, and created a really colorful display.  Aubrey created her own handouts with information about disability awareness, as well as signs and graphics.

Cost for the Entire Display: The display cost nothing to create.  However, Aubrey also created a list for us of recommended purchases for children’s books that promote positive portrayals of individuals with disabilities.  We ordered a number of books on her list, since they fit in with our elementary education program, and multicultural focus.  Once they come in, they will be added to the display.  They are:

  • Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Donald Meyer
  • We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
  • Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair by Jamee Riggio Heelan
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book about Living with ADHD by Jeanne Kraus
  • Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism by Laurie Lears

This is a great example of a time when creating a display helped us out with acquisitions.  Thanks, Aubrey!


§ 2 Responses to Disability Awareness

  • Jolene Veenstra says:

    I see that you haven’t posted a display in a while. I’d like to offer thanks and encouragement for what you have posted so far. I have really enjoyed reading what you have here. I work at a small academic library in Ontario. If you’re still doing displays, please feel free to post more of your gems!

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