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January 2022: Adult Readers

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

For January 2022, we are extremely excited to feature and share with you Emily Ladau's 'Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally'. This book serves as a friendly, practical, and intersectional handbook on the importance of understanding disability as part of the human experience and how we can better use our actions and voices to advocate for and support the disability community as disabled and non-disabled people alike. Ladau makes it clear that she is only one disabled woman who holds her own share a privilege and that she speaks from her own experience and not for the entire disabled community. The book focuses on topics such as naming disability and how to talk about it, recognizing disability as a part of a whole person, recognizing and avoiding ableism, practicing good disability etiquette, identifying and speaking up about disability stereotypes in the media, and advocating for accessibility to ensure it becomes a standard practice everywhere. This is an essential guide for anyone who wants to be an advocate for positive change!

About the Author

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and her first book, Demystifying Disability, was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in September 2021. Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. Central to all of her work is a focus on and harnessing the power of storytelling as a tool for people to become engaged in disability and social justice issues.

Educational Resources

Click the link below to download the Educational Resources in order to Read to Learn & Learn to Change with us!

Educational Resources for Demystifying Disability- Emily Ladau
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Our Interview with Emily Ladau: January 21, 2022


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