A difficult element to living with a disability entails isolation. I mean others around you can only comprehend the issues you deal with to a certain extent. Books about living with disabilities enable you to shed isolation and feel a connection previously unknown to you. While writing Off Balanced I read and reviewed a number of books about living with cerebral palsy. To commemorate the Q & A about Off Balanced I did with Good Readers’ Dee Owen (now live at the Book Readers blog) I’ve compiled a list, featuring excerpts of my book reviews, for cerebral palsy tales.
We’ve Come This Far by Faith By Dr. Darrell Pone
“As somebody with cerebral palsy, I really connected with Dr. Pone’s message. I have faced a lot of the same issues Dr. Pone has faced, and if I haven’t faced those issues personally, I’ve talked to others with CP who had. For instance, in reference to his childhood, Dr. Pone writes, “Children would tease me about the way I talked and walked.” While I never really encountered teasing, I know many with CP who unfortunately did.”
Living This Rodeo (Audio Book) By Shane Michael Taylor
“The most effective parts of Living This Rodeo also happen to be the most revealing parts. In Chapter 7 Taylor discloses his struggles with self-confidence and dating caused by his cerebral palsy to illustrate the power of negative self talk. As an adolescent Taylor feared confronting girls he liked because he didn’t think the girls would want a guy in a wheelchair. Even if a girl did go for him, he remained cautious out of fear an involuntary muscle spasm would cause him to accidentally hit the girl. “
Checkout my complete Yahoo! Voices Living This Rodeo book review.
Someone Like Me By John W. Quinn
“John W. Quinn reveals the significant power support from friends and family can have on an individual with a disability. Quinn’s awe-inspiring story, in fact, almost ended before getting started. Quinn failed his first Navy physical, a feat his recruiter couldn’t believe. ‘How can you fail the exam? Everyone passes this thing. It’s easy! Everyone!’ The recruiter’s reaction vastly discouraged Quinn but John’s father along with his best friend Phil challenged him to try again.”
Daddy Bent-Legs By Neil Matheson
“Neil Matheson offers a great conversation starter for discussing inclusion with Daddy Bent-Legs. Misconceptions about disabilities serve as one obstacle preventing thriving inclusive communities. In Daddy Bent-Legs Matheson shares instances where he encounters benevolent ignorance. For instance, as a kid growing up in the 1970s and 80s adults confronted young Neil with the question ‘What’s wrong with you?’ The question, triggered by the visual nature of Matheson’s cerebral palsy, instantly recognizes disabilities as negative.”
Read my complete Yahoo! Voices Daddy Bent-Legs review.
How We Roll By Tim Wambach
“Reading How We Roll will really get you thinking about life from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair and in the process get you to appreciate your own life more. For instance, Wambach recalls one time while waiting with Mike for the elevator to come three kids approaching the duo to inquire about riding the elevator with Mike. When Mike asked them why they wanted to ride the elevator their leader answered ‘Elevators are cool. And we don’t want to take the stairs.’ Mike responded ‘Be thankful you can take the stairs.'”
For my full How We Roll review, visit Yahoo! Voices.