Recently Published Non-Fiction On Disability

 My Heart Can’t Even Believe It,  by Amy Silverman 

Amy Silverman’s story of “science, love, and Down Syndrome” is out on Amazon. Silverman, an award-winning journalist, shares her evolution from someone who once used words like “retard” and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs to raising a child with Down syndrome. The book is both deeply personal and well researched, with information and insights about how people with Down syndrome are treated in medicine, science and culture. Her book is available on Amazon. 

Wisdom From a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia, by Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia

Twelve years after his death, the family of Andrew Batavia discovered his unfinished memoir and completed the work. Batavia shares the wisdom he acquired while living with a high-level spinal cord injury and fighting for the civil rights of people with disabilities. Read more about the book here.

Tackling the ‘Birds and the Bees’ With A Disabled Child

Amy Silverman, managing editor of the Phoenix New Times, an alternative newspaper owned by Village Voice Media, tells radio show “This American Life” how her daughter Sophie, who has Down syndrome, is navigating puberty. In an episode called “Too Soon,” she shares how she found unexpected help for Sophie in the form of a video that she once made fun of. Silverman blogs about raising a daughter with Down syndrome at  girlinapartyhat.comListen to the episode

Courtesy: Amy Silverman, girlinapartyhat.com

Courtesy: Amy Silverman, girlinapartyhat.com

An IDEA for Tomorrow

Three high school seniors from Phoenix, Arizona, took home first place in their division for C-SPAN’s Student Cam 2015 documentary competition. “An IDEA for Tomorrow,” produced by Severiano Romo, Alexis Rainery and Molly Kerwick of the Metropolitan Arts Institute, showcases the single piece of federal legislation governing the education of children with disabilities– IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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Watch: Kids with special needs: a ‘gravy train’ for Florida nursing homes?

Some parents claim the state of Florida is forcing them to send their children with special needs to subpar nursing homes rather than providing in-home care. At the center of the story is Kidz Korner, a nursing home where hidden camera footage captured children in wheelchairs spending hours by themselves in the hallway with very little interaction. Read more.

The Root

Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman Surprises Hearing-Impaired Fans 

Derrick Coleman, fullback for the Seattle Seahawks and first legally deaf player on the NFL, surprised a couple of his biggest fans with tickets to the Super Bowl. Coleman surprised nine-year-old twins Riley and Erin Kovalcik while the girls were taping a segment for Good Morning America. The girls, who are also hearing impaired, had written Coleman a letter that went viral expressing their admiration of his accomplishments despite having a disability. Read more.