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Crafts for the Disabled

Crafts for the DisabledCrafts for the Disabled
Gault and Sykes
1979

Submitter: This book is horribly dated, with black and white photographs and illustrations. I don’t think these crafts are particularly accessible for persons with disabilities, either. There are many more current craft books available, as well as numerous web pages with suggestions for adapting crafts to different ability levels.

Holly: This title reminds me of this old post, which is actually one of our most popular posts ever. Craft books with adaptations are a wonderful idea for public libraries, but something written in this decade, let alone this millennium, would be best. Pinterest is a good resource for this type of thing if you can’t find more current books. In fact, Pinterest is probably even better because you can specify the disability.

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What’s Wrong With Timmy?

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Shriver
2001

Submitter: This book is part of a series by Shriver for helping kids accept the fact that bad stuff happens to people and no one knows why.  There is another book we own by Shriver about Alzheimer’s.  Kate, our main character, learns through colored pencil illustrations that Timmy may be disabled, but he tries his best to be just like everyone else.  The book is very wordy, definitely something I wouldn’t read to any kids.  But the kicker for me is that it uses the term “mental retardation.”  As far as I know, even as a medical term, retardation was not used as a diagnosis any more by 2001, though I may be mistaken.  I’ve included more pictures of the text, because the illustrations are rather bland and forgettable.

Holly: I have yet to see the perfect “explain our differences” picture book. They either have weird illustrations or too many words or questionable terminology. This one is better than many, I’d say, but I do agree that there are too many words per page. I think it could be said just as nicely in a sentence or two per page with words kids can understand (and words they should be encouraged to use).

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Special Ed for Kids

coverLearning My Way
I’m a Winner
Swenson and Kunz
1986

This is part of a series on helping children cope with social situations, friendship, and other minefields of life. This book walks children through the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities. In this kid’s case, ADHD.

I get the intention of these books, but I am not a fan. They usually have no story or read like a textbook. In this case, we also get the bonus of few illustrations. (The cover really bugs me. The kid’s arms seem wrong.) I also have to wonder how you get a kid with attention problems to sit still long enough to read this boring story.

Mary

 

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