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Par Jean-Dominique Bauby. 1997
Par Elizabeth Kaye, Abbey Curran. 2015
Abbey Curran lives by the motto "If you can dream it, you can do it." She was born with cerebral…palsy, but early on she resolved to never let it limit her. Abbey made history when she became the first contestant with a disability to win a major beauty pageant. After earning the title of Miss Iowa, she went on to compete in Miss USA. Growing up on a hog farm in Illinois, Abbey competed in local pageants despite naysayers who told her not to. After realizing her own dream, she went on to help other disabled girls achieve their goals by starting Miss You Can Do It, a national nonprofit pageant for girls and women with challenges and special needs. In this uplifting memoir, Abbey tells a story of overcoming the odds, fulfilling her life's goals, and finding in herself the courage to compete, even as she continues to inspire the same spirit in others. For junior and senior high readers. 2015.
Par Alan Edward Nourse. 1986
At age 52, the author was stricken by a massive heart attack while hunting elk. He reveals his torturous recovery…and the strains his illness placed on himself and his family. 1986.
Par Ernest Freeberg. 2001
Chronicles the life of Laura Bridgman, who, born into a New Hampshire farm family in 1829, became deaf and blind…at the age of two. Freeberg recounts Laura's transformation into a woman who voraciously absorbed the world around her under the tutelage of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe of the Perkins Institution for the Blind. 2001.
Par Leonore Fleischer, Philip Gonzalez. 1995
After a disabling accident, Gonzalez had lost interest in living. Then a friend suggested that he adopt a dog. Ginny,…the abused pup that Gonzalez found at a shelter, was no ordinary dog, but one with a penchant for rescuing abandoned cats. With Ginny, Gonzalez has aided scores of injured felines and found a new sense of purpose in life. 1995.
Par Elyn R Saks. 2007
Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness.…Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success. 2007.
Par Ian Brown. 2009
Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that perhaps 300 people around the world also live with…it. Walker turned twelve in 2008, but he weighs only 54 pounds, is still in diapers, can't speak and needs to wear special cuffs on his arms so that he can't continually hit himself. Expanded from Brown's Globe and Mail series about Walker, he sets out to discover his son. Some strong language. Canada Reads 2012. 2009.
Par Robert Francis Murphy. 1987
In 1976, Robert Murphy first learns that he has a spinal tumour; he now is paralyzed from the neck down.…He relates his medical treatment and suffering, but also examines the role of the disabled in society. He draws from history, literature, sociology, and psychology as a basis for his views and his means of coping. 2001, c1987.
Par Leslie Scrivener. 1981
Par Jill Lauren. 1997
Profiles of twenty individuals who prevailed over various learning differences (LD), such as dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder. Each narrative account…describes a particular LD, the obstacles it presented, and efforts to overcome its limitations. Grades 5-8. c1997.
Par Nicole Dryburgh. 2010
Nicole went through surgery to remove a malignant tumour on her spine, then radiotherapy, a brain haemorrhage, blindness, loss of…movement, chemotherapy, more chemotherapy, loss of hearing, more radiotherapy, and more surgery. Nicole also has raised thousands of pounds for charity, passed GCSE English after just 6 months' study, gone abseiling, visited New York, had meetings with royalty and government ministers, been the subject of a BBC TV documentary, won numerous national and local awards, and worked for the Teenage Cancer Trust. "Talk to the Hand" is a continuation of Nicole's very full life story, and includes her tips for overcoming setbacks and crises. 2010.
Par Hélène Laygues. 1985
Par Cheryl M Heppner. 1992
The author says that as a profoundly deaf child, she was taught to adapt to the hearing world. But after…two strokes left Heppner completely deaf, she learned sign language, and then realized how frustrating her earlier life had been. She eventually became an advocate for deaf people. 1992.
Par Dhyan Cassie. 1984
Presents interviews with handicapped or physically "different" people. They tell of their experiences in childhood, school, social and work life,…religious faith, and what they would like to share with society. 1984.
At the age of thirty-four, Gerald Shea discovered that he had been partially deaf since childhood, yet somehow managed to…navigate his way through Andover, Yale, and Columbia Law School, and to establish an international legal career. Shea had compensated for his deafness through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels. His experience gives fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing and of oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all. 2013.
Par Kate Clifford Larson, Marie-Anne de Béru. 2016
Rosemary est la fille de Joe Kennedy et la petite soeur du futur président John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Joe Kennedy est…le patriarche d'une famille qui incarne le rêve américain. D'origine irlandaise il connaît une fulgurante ascension dans l'industrie et dans la finance. Obsédé par la réussite, la sienne et celle de sa famille, il est sans état d'âme pour ses enfants qu'il dédie à de grandes ambitions politiques. Née en 1918, Rosemary est différente des autres membres de la fratrie. Très vite, on lui décèle un léger retard mental associé plus tard à des troubles de l'humeur. Un peu rebelle, elle affectionne les fêtes, pratique la voile et le tennis. En 1939, elle obtient un diplôme d'enseignante. Mais sa santé mentale se dégrade. Elle séjourne régulièrement dans des établissements spécialisés. Son père craint que Rosemary soit à l'origine d'un éventuel scandale. Il décide alors d'employer les grands moyens et accepte que sa fille soit lobotomisée. L'opération tourne mal. Rosemary en sort lourdement handicapée, à la fois physiquement et mentalement. Elle est alors internée, cachée, effacée. Pendant longtemps, ses propres frères et soeurs ignorent ce qu'est devenue Rosemary. Seule l'attaque cérébrale de Joe en 1961 permet à la famille de la revoir. 2016.
Par Jim Taylor, Rick Hansen. 1987
Hansen, a paraplegic since 1973, tells of the events that led to his incredible 25,000 mile wheelchair journey around the…world. He describes the hardships and accomplishments of the trip that raised millions of dollars and public awareness for the physically disabled. Bestseller 1987.
Par Bertrand De Jouvenel. 1986
Hélène De Jouvenel est atteinte d'un cancer. Pendant trois ans, Bertrand, son mari, tiendra son journal personnel et lui confiera…ses sentiments, ses angoisses et l'amour profond qu'il éprouve pour celle qui a partagé sa vie. 1986.
Par Agnes De Mille. 1981
Par Mary Loudon. 2006
The author's quest to find her sister Catherine, a schizophrenic, in Catherine's home, in her last hospital room, her paintings,…her letters, her clothes. But in facing the truths about Catherine's life and death, she asks hard questions about sanity, family responsibility, love, and about what it means to say that a life is - or is not - worth living. 2006.