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Disability Pride Audiobooks

Narratives of Disability Pride center on the experiences and achievements of the many differently abled activists who have brought changes to our shared experiences of the world. They have created ways to remove barriers in the physical, service, social, and political spheres, from curb cuts to adoption regulations, closed-captioned broadcasts and public meeting American Sign Language interpretations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, in large part due to the efforts and activism of leaders, lawyers, educators, and researchers, many of whom have since led the Disability Pride movement. Get to know and appreciate those who made and continue to make Disability Pride possible, as well as some well-imagined fictional heroes, with these audiobooks. [Above photo: The first Disability Pride Parade]

ABLE Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings

by Dylan Alcott | Read by Dylan Alcott

Bolinda Audio
Biography & Memoir

The Australian author, who narrates his own work, details his life as a competitor in wheelchair basketball and tennis, his music-festival-hopping lifestyle, world travels, and so much more. He makes it clear that using a wheelchair will not stop him from what he wants to do and accomplish. With a gravelly voice, Alcott narrates his story, which is inspiring without being... Read More


BEING HEUMANN An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

by Judith Heumann, Kristen Joiner | Read by Ali Stroker

Beacon Press
Biography & Memoir

With an energetic pace and a youthful voice, Ali Stroker narrates disability rights activist Judith Heumann's memoir. The audiobook spans the author's life as a polio survivor who started out having to face wheelchair barriers at home, in her neighborhood, at school, and at university. Heumann and Stroker both prove engaging as Heumann recounts how her forbearance with... Read More


DISABILITY VISIBILITY First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

by Alice Wong [Ed.] | Read by Alejandra Ospina, Alice Wong [Intro.]

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

Author Alice Wong tells listeners the personal stories of various disabled people, including herself, for the purpose of creating a stronger sense of community among them. In her introduction, which she delivers herself over sound effects of traffic, Wan recalls her own excitement about accessible public transit. She then turns her collection over to Alejandra Ospina, who... Read More


EXILE AND PRIDE Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

by Eli Clare | Read by Maxwell Glick

Audible, Inc.
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Maxwell Glick deftly captures the wide emotional range of Clare's astonishing life story. He was born with cerebral palsy and later realized he also had gender issues, which added to his personal unhappiness and to being harassed by others, including his own family. The book's first-person, conversational point of view takes listeners on Clare's painful but ultimately... Read More


FEARLESSLY DIFFERENT An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage

Earphones Award Winner

by Mickey Rowe | Read by Mickey Rowe

Recorded Books
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Mickey Rowe delivers a fierce and vivacious performance of this audiobook about his arduous and triumphant journey to becoming an actor with autism. Rowe details the tribulations faced by people with disabilities as they navigate a world that marginalizes them and bars them from opportunities that able-bodied people take for granted. His frustration and... Read More



Earphones Award Winner

by Gail Giles | Read by Lauren Ezzo, Brittany Pressley

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult

Narrators Lauren Ezzo and Brittany Pressley create distinct, powerful portraits of 18-year-olds Biddy and Quincy, special education students who are placed in the same home. Biddy’s tenderness is lyrically expressed as she finds images to express her emotions. Quincy is sarcastic, sassy, and scornful of her new roommate. The unique gifts and strength of these characters are... Read More


HABEN The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

by Haben Girma | Read by Haben Girma

Hachette Audio
Biography & Memoir

Listeners who are unfamiliar with Haben Girma may find her voice a little disconcerting at first because it sounds like that of a much younger person. Girma is a deaf-blind woman who overcame incredible odds and narrates her own story, which culminates with her graduation from Harvard Law School. We quickly move beyond her vocal delivery as we learn how she overcame many... Read More


IF AT BIRTH YOU DON'T SUCCEED My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

by Zach Anner | Read by Zach Anner

Macmillan Audio
Biography & Memoir

Ambitious and hard-working media personality Zach Anner narrates his memoir with the verve and compassion that make his story so compelling. Anner has cerebral palsy--as he says, "the sexiest of the palsies"--and listeners get a glimpse of that world, but what Anner truly offers is a funny and thoughtful exploration of the ways human beings can propel themselves forward or hold... Read More


INSEPARABLE How Family and Sacrifice Forged a Path to the NFL

by Shaquem Griffin, Shaquill Griffin, Mark Schlabach | Read by James Shippy, Marc Samuel

Thomas Nelson
Biography & Memoir

It was a smart choice to use a pair of narrators, James Shippy and Marc Samuel, for this joint memoir by twin brothers. Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin played youth sports together and vowed to do the same with college football. Now they both play for the Seattle Seahawks. The two narrators create individual identities for the brothers while keeping their dialogue straight for the... Read More



Earphones Award Winner

by Josh Sundquist | Read by Pat Young

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Pat Young delivers this audiobook about our senses and how we interpret them. Sixteen-year-old Will, blind from birth, enters a mainstream public school for the first time and, in rapid succession, finds a strong coterie of pals, discovers friendship with a bright and troubled girl who is a photographer, undergoes experimental surgery on his eyes, and faces losing his... Read More


A SENSE OF THE WORLD How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler

by Jason Roberts | Read by John Curless

Recorded Books
Biography & Memoir

James Holman, a lieutenant in the 1812 British navy, loses his sight at age 25 and teaches himself independence from his acquired disability. Using artful expression and Dickensian prose, Jason Roberts manages to make Holman's worldly travels sound like a Victorian novel, including elaborate descriptions of all the minor personae in the blind man's milieu. Narrator John Curless... Read More



by Alison Gervais | Read by Chloe Dolandis

Young Adult

Narrator Chloe Dolandis gracefully meets the challenge of delivering a story that unfolds in oral English, American Sign Language, and finger spelling. At 17, Maya has been profoundly deaf for only four years, so her observations and thoughts as this gentle teen romance develops from her viewpoint are in standard English. Mainstreamed for her last year of high school, Maya's... Read More


SITTING PRETTY The View from My Ordinary, Resilient, Disabled Body

by Rebekah Taussig | Read by Rebekah Taussig

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Taussig's humor and passion shine as she delivers this illuminating collection of essays about disability. Taussig captures the ups and downs of ordinary life in a disabled body; she discusses dating, navigating her first year of teaching, and searching for an accessible apartment, in particular. As she celebrates disabled lives, culture, and activism, she examines the... Read More


SUCH A PRETTY GIRL A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride

by Nadina LaSpina | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Biography & Memoir

Jennifer Jill Araya gives a spirited performance of this captivating memoir by disability rights activist Nadina LaSpina. LaSpina, who contracted polio as a baby in Sicily, moved with her family to the U.S. as a teenager. She recounts the time she spent in hospitals, the abuse she suffered at the hands of doctors, and her experiences as a leader in the disability rights... Read More



by Joyce Scott, Brie Spangler, Melissa Sweet | Read by Joyce Scott

Listening Library

In this biographical look at artist Judith Scott told from her twin sister's point of view, young listeners are given a glimpse of the power of art. The story is told in short, spare poems, and author Joyce Scott's affection and reverence for her sister come through in her narration. Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome at a time when it was not understood. She spent most... Read More


WE'RE NOT BROKEN Changing the Autism Conversation

by Eric Garcia | Read by Eric Garcia

Mariner Books
Biography & Memoir

Political journalist Eric Garcia, who is on the autism spectrum, interviewed others with this condition so he could join them in speaking for themselves instead of passively tolerating the judgments and misunderstandings of typical media coverage. He delivers what could be called a manifesto with sincerity that is pleasing enough to make his limited phrasing range a nonissue.... Read More

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