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Discussions about Disability

Jan 21, 2016 2016-01-21

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Positive Portrayals of Disability

Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) literature. The website provides articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions, examining this topic from various angles—but always from the disabled perspective—in the hope that sharing disabled people’s thoughts on stereotypes, pet peeves, existing characters, and their own day-to-day experiences will help readers learn about the realities of disability, which are often different from what they see in popular media. The aim is to help readers, booksellers, librarians, and educators find good portrayals of disability in YA/MG novels, both by recommending books via reviews and by offering them the tools to judge these books for themselves; to help writers create more authentic, accurate, and respectful disabled characters; and to give people from the disability community a place to discuss the books they love, like, dislike, and loathe. Disability in Kidlit publishes a new post every first, third, and occasionally fifth Friday of the month. The posts feature guest contributors from the YA/MG and disability communities—readers, writers, bloggers, activists, and others. Although Disability in Kidlit presents a wide range of perspectives and experiences, all of the contributors and editors identify as disabled.

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