Resources about disability for adults

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Resources about disability for adults

Recommended by Holland Bloorview families
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Some of these books are available in audio format


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The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
About Don, who has autism and trying to find true love.
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One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth
Bonner Paddock, Neal Bascomb
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From Surviving to Thriving: A Mother’s Journey Through Infertility, Loss and Miracles
Fabiana Bacchini
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Standing Tall: My Journey by Spencer West
A coming-of-age story written by Spencer, a young man without legs.
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No Ordinary Boy
Jennifer Johannesen
A mother’s story about her son with profound disabilities.
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R.J. Palacio (ages 10+)
A story about a 10-year-old boy with a facial difference called August, who is trying to fit in.


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BLOOM blog
Louise Kinross
Holland Bloorview’s BLOOM, recognized as one of the top blogs about disability in the world, features compelling stories, research and news.
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Who Lives Like This Podcast
A podcast that tells the stories of caregivers of disabled children.
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Carly Fleischmann (YouTube channel)
Carly Fleischmann, who has autism and uses a communication device, interviews celebrities on her comedic talk show.
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Ouch: Disability Talk
Nancy Carlson (ages 3-5)
A weekly, and often funny, podcast featuring interviews with people with disabilities.

TV Shows

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(ages 12+)
About a family, including a teenager called JJ who has cerebral palsy and cannot speak.
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Born This Way
(ages 12+)
A reality show about people who have Down syndrome.
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The Good Doctor
(ages 13+)
A medical drama that features Dr. Shaun Murphy, who has autism.
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(ages 15+)
A drama series about a family, including a young boy called Max who has Asperger syndrome.
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(ages 14+)
A coming-of-age show about 18-year-old Sam, who has autism.


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ReelAbilities Film Festival
presented by the Miles Nadal JCC
An annual festival that features films and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures.
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Soul Surfer
(ages 10+)
Biographical drama about surfer Bethany Hamilton, who loses her arm in a shark attack.
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The Theory of Everything
(ages 14+)
Biographical drama about the life of scientist Stephen Hawking, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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Temple Grandin
(ages 14+)
A biographical drama about Temple Grandin, who has autism, and her work in the cattle industry.