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Saturday, May 18, 2024  |  9 am – 5 pm

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Learning About Diversity: Disabilities

By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Director

You may have noticed the Read Diverse Books display in the lobby of the library. Some of these titles are children’s and young adult literature that we chose using a search tool called Children’s Books: Portrayals of People with Disabilities. The tool was curated by the IRIS Center * and contains information about the following types of disabilities:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
  • Health Impairments
  • Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Physical Impairments
  • Speech / Language Impairments
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairments

Reading materials that include people with disabilities can help normalize interactions among members of the community. Familiarity with disabilities can also help reduce the stress of real-world experiences outside of a child’s everyday view of the world.

If you visit the library in person, I hope that you will stop at the Read Diverse Books display to see if a title catches your interest!

*The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.

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