CLC Member Pens New Book: The Possibilities of Disabilities
By Jacqueline | @j_child | October 26, 2019
Superheroes, princesses, and animals fill children’s bookshelves—these stories have been told time and time again. I realized there was a topic missing from children’s books, one that tells a story of disabilities and differences, so I wrote The Possibilities of Disabilities.
When a child sees a person using a wheelchair, they usually stare—not out of rudeness or judgment, but out of pure curiosity. They may ask questions such as, “Why do they need to use that?”, “Can I play with that person?” Some parents may instruct their children to look away or to be polite and not ask questions. Disabilities is a realm of unknown for most children, even though most kids will come in contact with someone with a disability.
I decided that it was critical for children to be exposed to differences at a young age, whether those differences are of race, gender, religion, or disability. Being disabled myself, I felt as though I had a genuine perspective about disabilities. In addition to having a personal connection with this topic, I also completed my Master’s degree in Family and Human Development. I spent years studying child development and was able to create a story that young children would be able to understand.
Not only is The Possibilities of Disabilities meant to encourage able-bodied children to understand their peers with disabilities, but this book is also for actual children who experience a physical handicap. Reading books that do not represent your experience can be difficult. Children rarely see disabilities represented in the media and there is a sense of comfort when a child sees a person with similarities.
I hope this book can become a staple in households, schools, libraries, and hospitals. It is important to normalize disabilities and make children aware of people’s differences while also accepting them. The Possibilities of Disabilities tells the story of Elizabeth, a young girl with a physical disability, who finds her way to inclusion during recess.
The Possibilities of Disabilities is suitable for most children ages 2-8 and is available for purchase on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback form.
Jacqueline is a 23-year-old suffering from UCTD and other illnesses while living in Colorado with her service dog. She spends her time playing guitar, painting, and hanging out with friends and family.