Resources about disability for teens

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For teens who are allies


Resources about disability for teens

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


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Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper (ages 8-11)
About Melody, an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who can’t tell anyone she has a photographic memory until she discovers something that helps her speak for the first time.
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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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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon (ages 13+)
A mystery narrated by a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, who has autism.
Book Series
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Inclusion books series
Carolyn MacDiarmid (ages 9+)
This three-book series tells stories about inclusion in the classroom and at work, and celebrates individuality.


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BLOOM blog
Louise Kinross, editor
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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Ouch: Disability Talk
A weekly, and often funny, podcast featuring interviews with people with disabilities.
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with Carly Fleischmann (YouTube channel)
Carly Fleischmann, who has autism and uses a communication device, interviews celebrities on her comedic talk show. Carly’s on social media too!

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.