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Clothing for the Handicapped

Clothing for the Handicapped, the Aged, and Other People with Special Needs

This is actually a very useful concept for a book.  (We posted one at ALB with a similar topic.  Click here to compare to take a look.) I hope public libraries everywhere have a book on this topic.  I also hope that they are within a decade in publication date.  No one wants to dress like it’s 1979, including the “handicapped, aged, and other people with special needs.”  In fact, today’s fashions are potentially more complicated than they were in 1979 with different fasteners, more pieces, and different draping.  Fashion aside, there are also medical and technological considerations.  There are fancier wheel chairs and different-shaped crutches.  There are medical advances in things like tracheatomies, colostomies, and even dialysis that require access to the body, which can be disguised by or accessed through clothing differently too!  Anyone have any suggestions for newer/better titles?

Thanks for the submission, anonymous submitter!


Sally Can’t See

Sally Can’t See

Submitter: The highlight of the book is right there on the cover.  A poor blind child with a bird on her head.

Holly: This book is definitely outdated.  It isn’t so bad otherwise, but I’m sure we could offer a book about how modern kids cope with blindness. There’s no mention here of new technology like screen readers, which is what kids would be interested in knowing today.  I mean, how does Sally read her email?


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Crafts for (the) retarded?


Crafts for Retarded: Through their hands they shall learn

Some librarian spies from the west sent along this wonderful title to ALB.  I am not quite sure of the craft on the front, but the spies sent along a page featuring  this ultra cool Indian tom-tom craft.  A quote from the cover blurb: “This book is written primarily for teachers and for parents whose youngsters have come into the world with less potential than the so-called ‘average’ child.”  Submitters say: “What better way to raise a child’s potential than by teaching him or her to stretch a goat skin to make a drum, then paint swastikas on it?”





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