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BOOKS

The Boy Who Loved Too Much
Twelve-year-old Eli D’Angelo has Williams syndrome, a genetic condition that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly and indiscriminately trusting towards everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three years as his mother, Gayle, decides whether to shield Eli from the outside world or allow him the freedom to become his own person. More than a case study, The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a story about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up and being different.
Pages: 304
$26.00 • ISBN: 9781476774048
Simon & Schuster

Brain Lock: 20th Anniversary Edition
Jeffrey M. Schwartz details a method for treating OCD considered so effective it is now used in treatment centres throughout the world. Instead of relying on pharmaceuticals, patients can use cognitive self-therapy to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. Using real-life stories from patients, Brain Lock provides readers with the means and inspiration to overcome their own behavioural challenges and regain control of their lives.
Pages: 272
$19.90 • ISBN: 9780062561435
Harper Perennial

Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back
Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos, Stairs and Whispers delivers a boundary-pushing anthology that examines the poetics of disability and D/deaf cultures. A diverse range of styles, opinions and survival strategies are showcased in the works of the contributing poets, who “refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.”
Pages: 200
$15.96 • ISBN: 978-1911027195
Nine Arches Press

Laughing at My Nightmare
Shane Burclaw’s book describes the challenges he encounters as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy with a hilarious and witty tone. He covers everything from awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend with levity and a “carpe diem” attitude. The issues Burclaw discusses are relatable to teens but he also offers a revelatory perspective on what it’s like to live with a life threatening condition that grown-up readers will appreciate too.
Pages: 256
$15.04 • ISBN: 978-1626720077
Roaring Brook Press

VIDEOS

Chance The Rapper learns ‘Blessings’ in sign language
In this 14-minute clip, Chancelor Bennett professionally known as ‘Chance The Rapper’ receives an ASL tutorial from his on-tour interpreters to sign the opening verse of his song ‘Blessings’. The Grammy-winning artist has ASL interpreters perform at all his live shows, and offers free tickets to fans with hearing loss. Watch the full tutorial at bit.ly/2wKYx8d

WEBSITES

Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide, Top Destinations
vouchercloud.net/resources/adaptive-skiing-resort-guide
Adaptive skiing provides people with disabilities the chance to experience the thrill of snow sports, both recreationally and competitively. Vouchercloud’s adaptive skiing guide provides adaptive skiers of all levels with a comprehensive list of accessible resorts and facilities throughout North America. The resource outlines what programs are offered, evaluates ski lift access and the accessibility of the surrounding villages, and offers how-to travel tips and advice on where to stay.

Tetra Society tetrasociety.org
The Tetra Society is a non-profit organization that matches skilled volunteers engineers and technicians with individuals who require help in designing and creating (or modifying) assistive devices to meet their specific needs. Since its beginning in Vancouver over thirty years ago, Tetra has spread to 45 local chapters across North America, with over 300 volunteers offering their technical skills and knowledge toward projects that reduce barriers to mobility, communications, personal care and recreation. Services are free of charge. Instead, clients are asked, where possible, to make a contribution towards materials and mileage expenses. Tetra’s website includes a searchable database for information on past projects (since inception, its volunteers have completed over 5,000 assistive device projects).

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