By osdhorn

Picture of Book cover of Reflections from a UnicornRick Creech,”Reflections From a Unicorn” 1992

In 1992 Rick published a book, “Reflections From a Unicorn”. It has three sections: 1) essays on his experiences, independence, and technology, 2) poems about his family and about some of his unpleasant experiences, and 3) poems that are reflections of himself. The printed version of the book had 110 pages, but is out of print. An electronic version is available for $8 by contacting Rick.

picture of the book cover for Against the CurrentBob Segalman, “Against the Current”  2009

Bob Segalman tells his story – all 60 years plus. Like Bob himself, it’s funny, truthful, poignant, insightful and sometimes exasperating. Bob was born with significant cerebral palsy at a time when inclusion, mainstreaming and even special education didn’t exist. With the help of plucky parents and an unsinkable attitude, Bob not only stayed out of an institution, but attended public school and eventually graduated with a PhD in statistics! His magnum opus was the founding of Speech to Speech, a federally mandated telephone service for people with speech disabilities. A wonderful account of how grit, grace and intelligence can overcome significant disability.

Picture of the book The Brain that changes itselfNorman Doidge’s “The Brain that Changes Itself”  This book , written by a doctor, who through case studies reveals how our brains can adapt, even after injuries.  We chose this link because you can read an excerpt, even though a newer edition is on Amazon’s site.

Book cover pictureTouch the Top of the World by Eric Weihemayer

In this moving and adventure-packed memoir, Weihenmayer begins with his gradual loss of sight as a very young child. By the time he became fully blind in high school, he had already developed the traits that would carry him to the summits of some of the world’s highest mountains as well as onto the frequently hazardous slopes of daily life: charm, resilience, a sense of humor, a love of danger and a concern for others. His eloquent memoir exhibits all these traits. Weihenmayer–a thrill seeker who skydives, climbs mountains and skis–devotes the first half of the book to his adolescence, punctuated by his loss of sight, his mother’s sudden death and his diligent efforts not only to pick up girls, but first to figure out which ones were attractive. With its many tales of pranks, adventures and the talents of his guide dog, this half alone is worth the price of admission. He goes on to chronicle his young adulthood, including his teaching career and his passion for climbing, seeded during a month-long skills camp for blind adolescents and blossoming on his harrowing ascent of Mount McKinley. He describes fearsome ascents of Kilimanjaro–with his fiancé, so they can be married near the crater summit–El Capitan and Aconcagua’s Polish Glacier. Weihenmayer tells his extraordinary story with humor, honesty and vivid detail.  Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


1 Response to “Books by and about persons with disabilities”

  1. 1 Jennifer
    17/03/2010 at 8:26 am

    I recommend “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

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