Stereotype Busters: Literature Featuring Individuals with Disabilities

By Poonam C. Dev and Emily M. Labenski.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This article explores literature featuring individuals with disabilities and written for students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Stories, in written, visual or oral form, have been used all over the world for thousands of years to facilitate discussions, explain customs and traditions, pass on knowledge from one generation to the next, develop behavioral norms in different contexts, and for recording history. Literature for therapeutic purposes has been used since at least the late 1930s (Lu, 2008). Information about the 140 books we selected is designed to help identify those focused on individuals with disabilities and characters with whom children and youth can identify. These books can be used by parents, teachers, and others who work with students with disabilities to facilitate discussions about inclusion, adaptation, and accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Keywords: Children’s Literature, Educating Diverse Learners, Disability Studies

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.197-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 935.406KB).

Prof. Poonam C. Dev

Professor, School of Education, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

Poonam Dev is Professor of Education and was Director of the special education clinic for five years at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She has taught students with and without special needs in Grades 1-12 and post-secondary teacher education students for over 22 years. Her publications and presentations focus on issues related to disability studies, teacher education for inclusive settings, and self-concept and intrinsic motivation of students with learning disabilities.

Emily M. Labenski

Teacher, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

Emily M. Labenski works in the Pittsford Central School District in upstate New York (USA). She is a Reading Specialist and 504 case manager for grades 6-8. She has worked with students in kindergarten through ninth grade and holds a Masters degree in education with a specialization in Literacy.


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