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Physical Handicaps: A Selective Bibliography

Issued 2009

A number of efforts have been made to extend equal opportunity to people who are physically handicapped and to encourage their full participation in all aspects of society. These efforts include the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and other federal laws that protect the rights of disabled people with respect to access to education, employment, and public accommodations. Other efforts have involved achieving full acceptance by working to change attitudes toward people with handicaps. This bibliography explores myths and misconceptions that continue to exist about handicapped people and offers ways to interact with and write about these individuals in order to foster greater awareness and sensitivity.

The bibliography includes books, chapters in books, and periodical articles of general interest. Most of these resources have been published since 2003.

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American Foundation for the Blind. Etiquette. Retrieved Dec. 4, 2008. www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=36&TopicID=163.

Beyond affliction: the disability history project. Retrieved Nov. 3, 2008. www.npr.org/programs/disability.

Center for Disability Information and Referral. Kids’ corner: famous people with disabilities. Retrieved Nov. 3, 2008. www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/kidsweb/fpwdinfo.html.

City of San Antonio, Texas ADA Department and the Disability Advisory Committee. Disability etiquette handbook. Retrieved Oct. 8, 2008. www.sanantonio.gov/ada/EtiquetteHandbook.asp. Adapted by the city of Sacramento for its ADA information home page at www.cityofsacramento.org/adaweb/learning_about_disabilities.htm.

Disability Awareness Task Force. Disability awareness training information: when you meet a person with a disability and terms and expressions. Retrieved Oct. 8, 2008. http://disabilityawarenesstaskforce.org.

Disability etiquette: tips on interacting with people with disabilities. Jackson Heights, NY: United Spinal Association, 2008. $1.95. (75-20 Astoria Boulevard, 11370). Also available online at www.unitedspinal.org/pdf/DisabilityEtiquette.pdf. [PDF: 2.3MB / 36p.]

Disability history museum. Library resources: a digital archive. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. www.disabilitymuseum.org.

Disability social history project. Bibliographies on disabilities, disability history timeline, and famous people with disabilities. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. www.disabilityhistory.org/dshp.html.

Easter Seals. About disabilities: disability myths and facts, disability etiquette, understanding disability, helpful hints on meeting friends with disabilities. Retrieved Dec. 9, 2008. www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_disabfacts.

Family Village. Disability awareness. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/General/Disability-awareness.html.

Fanlight Productions. Disabilities: [DVD resource list]. Retrieved Dec. 9, 2008. www.fanlight.com/catalog/subjects/disability.php.

Graphic Artists Guild. Disability access symbols. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. http://www.graphicartistsguild.org/resources/disability-access-symbols/.

Memphis Center for Independent Living. Disability etiquette. Retrieved Dec. 8, 2008. www.mcil.org/mcil/mcil/etiqu01.htm.

National Center on Accessibility. Disability awareness. 12p. $1. (IU Research Park, 501 North Morton Street, Suite 109, Bloomington, IN 47404-3732).

Newsome, Randy. 2008 disability awareness night season. EP: Exceptional parent, v. 38, December 2008: 56–57.

Newsome, Randy. MassMutual partners with EP for a dynamic double play. EP: Exceptional parent, v. 38, July 2008: 41–43.

Program Development Associates. Advocacy & awareness: [DVD resource list]. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. http://www.hmrcapitalllc.com/product-list.php?Advocacy_Awareness-pg1-cid43.html.

Senelick, Richard C., and Karla Dougherty. Beyond please and thank you: the disability awareness handbook for families, co-workers, and friends. Florence, KY: Cengage Learning, 2001. 106p. $20.95, $5.95 for study guide. (P.O. Box 6904, 41022).

Tusler, Anthony, and others, eds. The new paradigm of disability: a bibliography. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. www.aboutdisability.com/bib.html.

University of Maryland. Video Press. Disability awareness: [DVD resource list]. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008.www.videopress.org/disability_awareness.html

VSA arts. Access and opportunities: a guide to disability awareness. Retrieved Nov. 7, 2008. www.vsarts.org/x523.xml.

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In the Classroom

Adcock, Bev, and Michael L. Remus. Disability awareness activity packet: activities and resources for teaching students about disabilities. Retrieved Dec. 4, 2008. www.dvusd.org/assets/pdfs/department_education/Disability_Awareness.pdf [PDF: 5KB / 24p.].

All Kids Can! A disabilities awareness program. Retrieved Nov. 5, 2008. www.allkidscan.com.

Anti-Defamation League. ADL curriculum connections. Equal treatment, equal access: raising awareness about people with disabilities. Retrieved Dec. 9, 2008. http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/fall_2005/

Barr, Jason J., and Kristi Bracchitta. Effects of contact with individuals with disabilities: positive attitudes and majoring in education. Journal of psychology, v. 142, May 2008: 225–243.

Borys, Anne. Promoting disability awareness and acceptance in childhood. Retrieved Nov. 5, 2008. www.drexel.edu/cnhp/rehab_sciences/RHAB-Disability_Awareness_Manual.pdf [PDF: 270KB / 50p.].

Children’s Institute. Outreach programs. Retrieved Dec. 4, 2008. http://www.amazingkids.org/content.aspx?SectionId=4&SubSectionID=52.

D.A.S.H. (Disability Awareness Starts Here) program. Curricula for grades two to five with hands-on activities to simulate disabilities. Retrieved Nov. 5, 2008. www.ttdash.org/classroom.html.

Diamond, Karen E., and Hsin-Hui Huang. Preschoolers’ ideas about disabilities. Infants and young children, v. 18, Jan.–Mar. 2005: 37–46.

Disability awareness. Resource list 13 (BIB13). 2d ed. March 2003 update. Washington: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, 2003. Also available online at http://www.nichcy.org/informationresources/documents/nichcy%20pubs/bib13.pdf [PDF: 212KB / 12p.].

Durkel, Robin. Disability awareness: [a mediagraphy for use in middle school]. Retrieved Dec. 9, 2008. http://eduscapes.com/seeds/media/durkell.htm

Everybody Counts! program. Curricula for kindergarten to grade eight to give students an understanding of people with disabilities. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.everybodycounts.net.

Fittipaldi-Wert, Jeanine, and Sheri J. Brock. I can play too: disability awareness activities for your physical education class. Strategies, v. 20, May–June 2007: 30–33.

Foley, John T., and others. How to develop disability awareness using the sport education model: disability simulation exercises can promote the acceptance of students with disabilities in inclusive settings. JOPERD: Journal of physical education, recreation, and dance, v. 78, Nov.–Dec. 2007: 32–36.

Hall, Elizabeth W. The effects of disability awareness trainings with career and technical educators teaching in high-need rural schools. Rural special education quarterly, v. 26, summer 2007: 16–24.

Kids On the Block program. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.kotb.com.

Longoria, Leonel, and Irmo Marini. Perceptions of children’s attitudes towards peers with a severe physical disability. Journal of rehabilitation, v. 72, 2006: 19–25.

McGinnis, Jacquelyn. Elementary school and university collaboration for a disability awareness workshop. Delta Kappa Gamma bulletin, v. 73, fall 2006: 28–30.

Mickel, Julie, and Jayne Griffin. Inclusion and disability awareness training for educators in the Kids Like You, Kids Like Me program. YC: Young children, v. 62, July 2007: 42–45. Also available online with expanded resources at www.journal.naeyc.org/btj/200707/pdf/Mickel.pdf [PDF: 596KB / 9p.].

PACER Center. Count Me In puppet program for kindergarten and for grades one to four. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.pacer.org/puppets/count.asp. Pearl, Cynthia. Laying the foundation for self-advocacy: fourth graders with learning disabilities invite their peers into the resource room. Teaching exceptional children, v. 36, January–February 2004: 44–49.

Pivik, Jayne, Joan McComas, and Ian MacFarlane. Using virtual reality to teach disability awareness. Journal of Educational Computing Research, v. 26, no. 2, 2002: 203–218.

Praisner, Cindy L. Attitudes of elementary school principals toward the inclusion of students with disabilities. Exceptional children, v. 69, winter 2003: 135–145.

Program Development Associates. Children & adolescents: [DVD resource list]. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. http://www.hmrcapitalllc.com/product-list.php?Children_Adolescents-pg1-cid89.html

Purnell, Paula G. Strategies for creating inclusive and accepting middle school classrooms. Middle school journal, v. 39, Sept. 2007: 32–37.

Salend, Spencer J. Using technology to teach about individual differences related to disabilities. Teaching exceptional children, v. 38, Nov.–Dec. 2005: 32–38.

Williams, Kimberly A. Disability awareness: 24 lessons for the inclusive classroom. Portland, ME: Walch Education, 2000. 128p. $21.95. (40 Walch Drive, 04103).

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In the Library

Charles, Sandra. Person first, disability second: disability awareness training in libraries. Library review, v. 54, no. 8, 2005: 453–458.

Disability awareness kit: a training resource for public library customer service staff. Retrieved Sept. 4, 2008. www.openroad.net.au/access/dakit.

Forrest, Margaret E.S. Disability awareness training for library staff: evaluating an online module. Library review, v. 56, no. 8, 2007: 707–715.

Forrest, Margaret E.S. E-learning to support the development of disability awareness skills: a case study. Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council, August 10–14, 2008, Québec, Canada. Also available online at http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla74/papers/080-Forrest-en.pdf [PDF: 67MB / 7p.].

Peacock, Aly. Disability awareness for libraries: how have the Open Rose Group used their training package in four member institutions? SCONUL (Society of College, National, and University Libraries) focus, no. 37, spring 2006: 24–27. Also available online at www.sconul.ac.uk/publications/newsletter/37/8.pdf [PDF: 968KB / 4p.].

Wemett, Lisa C. The Building Bridges Project: library services to youth with disabilities. Children and libraries, v. 5, winter 2007: 15–20.

In the Workplace

Brostrand, H. L. Tilting at windmills: changing attitudes toward people with disabilities. Journal of rehabilitation, v. 72, Jan.–Feb.–Mar. 2006: 4–9.

Hall, Elizabeth W. Changing the way employees interact with guests with disabilities. Journal of disability policy studies, v. 19, June 2008: 15–23.

Hunt, Courtney Shelton, and Brandon Hunt. Changing attitudes toward people with disabilities: experimenting with an educational intervention. Journal of managerial issues, v. 16, summer 2004: 266–280.

Popovich, Paula M. The assessment of attitudes toward individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Journal of psychology, v. 137, Mar. 2003: 163–177.

Probst, Tahira M. Changing attitudes over time: assessing the effectiveness of a workplace diversity course. Teaching of psychology, v. 30, August 2003: 236–239.

Program Development Associates. Employment: [DVD resource list]. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. http://www.hmrcapitalllc.com/product-list.php?Employment-pg1-cid72.html.

Rice, Fred S., Shoji Nakayama, and David P. Heiser. The accommodating workplace: making room for sensory disabled employees. Journal of industrial technology, v. 20, Nov. 2003–Jan. 2004: 2–7.

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Consultation Committee on Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities. Creating a welcoming workplace for employees with disabilities. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2008. www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/tb_852/cwwed1-eng.asp.

U.S. Department of Labor. Office of Disability Employment Policy. Communicating with and about people with disabilities. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/comucate.htm.

Workforce discovery: diversity and disability in the workplace. Five training modules. Retrieved Dec. 4, 2008. www.transcen.org/DandD/intro.html.

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In Literature

AccessAbility @ your library: book list recommendations. Retrieved Dec. 9, 2008. www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_ ability_library.

Blaska, Joan. Using children’s literature to learn about disabilities and illness. 2nd ed. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press, 2003. 252p. $37.95 (hardcover), $27.95 (paperback). (18 Colleen Road, 12180).

Blind Children’s Fund. Children’s books with characters who are blind. Retrieved Oct. 8, 2008. http://www.blindchildrensfund.org/Material_Pages/WebMaterials/Characters.pdf [PDF: 156KB / 2p.].

Campbell, Kathy. Selecting children’s books about people with disabilities. Tennessee libraries, v. 56, no. 1, 2006: 81–91. Also available online at www.tnla.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=24.

Center for Disability Information and Referral. Kids’ corner: book nook. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/kidsweb/booknook.html.

Cohen, Susan Chase, and others, comps. Children’s and adolescents’ literature on disability awareness, integration, and inclusion: an annotated bibliography. Retrieved Dec. 4, 2008. www.ctserc.org/library/bibfiles/childlit-disab.pdf [PDF: 133KB / 38p.]

Disability Awareness Task Force. Reading lists. Retrieved Nov. 26, 2008. http://disabilityawarenesstaskforce.org/Reading%20Lists.htm.

Glaser, Edie A., and Maria Burgio. All children have different eyes: learn to play and make friends. Whittier, CA: Vidi Press, 2007. 48p. $18.95. (11721 Whittier Boulevard, #203, 90601). For resources and ordering information see www.lowvisionkids.com.

Kaiser, Crystal E. Is your early childhood literature collection disability-inclusive and current? Children and libraries, v. 5, winter 2007: 5–12.

Koss, Melanie, and Donna Wakefield. Core collection: YA characters with special needs. Booklist, v. 104, February 15, 2008: 79.

Leicester, Mal. Special stories for disability awareness: stories and activities for teachers, parents, and professionals. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007. 160p. $29.95. (400 Market Street, Suite 400, 19106).

Linda Lucas Walling collection: materials for and/or about children with disabilities. Retrieved Dec. 2, 2008. www.libsci.sc.edu/fsd/walling/web/bestfolder.htm.

Nasatir, Diane. Guide for reviewing children’s literature that includes people with disabilities: books written for children three to five years of age. Retrieved Nov. 7, 2008. www.circleofinclusion.org/english/books/index.html.

Prater, Mary Anne. Books that portray characters with disabilities: a top 25 list for children and young adults. Teaching exceptional children, v. 40, Mar.–Apr. 2008: 32–38.

Prater, Mary Anne, and Tina Taylor Dyches. Teaching about disabilities through children’s literature. Portsmouth, NH: Teacher Ideas Press, 2008. 148p. $38. (P.O. Box 6926, 03802-6926).

Schneider Family Book Award recipients. Retrieved Dec. 2, 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/awardsrecords/schneideraward/schneiderawardrecipients.cfm.

Smith-D’Arezzo, Wendy M. Diversity in children’s literature: not just a black and white issue. Children’s literature in education, v. 34, Mar. 2003: 75–94.

Steelman, Patricia. Select bibliography of children’s books about the disability experience. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/awardsrecords/schneideraward/bibliography.cfm.

Walker, Valerie Struthers, and others. Questioning representations of disability in adolescent literature: reader response meets disability studies. Disability studies quarterly, v. 28, fall 2008. http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/140/140 (An online-only publication.)

Ward, Marilyn. Voices from the margins: an annotated bibliography of fiction on disabilities and differences for young people. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. $51.95.

Williams, Sandra Q., Christine D. Inkster, and Joan K. Blaska. The Joan K. Blaska Collection of Children’s Literature featuring characters with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Journal of children’s literature, v. 31, spring 2005: 71–78.

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In Mass Media and Theater

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. Current programs. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2008. http://www.inclusioninthearts.org/initiativesframe.htm.

Becker, Laurence A. Gifts along the whole spectrum: the portrayal of disability through film. Kaleidoscope, number 53, summer–fall 2006: 7–12.

Canadian Association of Broadcasters. The presence, portrayal, and participation of persons with disabilities in television programming: final report. Sept. 16, 2005. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2009. http://www.cab-acr.ca/english/research/05/sub_sep1605.htm

Center for an Accessible Society. Disability issues information for journalists: a communications clearinghouse. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.accessiblesociety.org/casindex.shtml.

Center for Disability Information and Referral. People with disabilities on television and in movies. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/kidsweb/mediascoop.html.

Easter Seals. Portraying people with disabilities in the media. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2008. www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_ disability_media.

Films involving disabilities: a list of films by disability. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2009. www.disabilityfilms.co.uk

Leibs, Andrew. Ultimate strangers: the use of albinism in film. Kaleidoscope, number 53, summer–fall 2006: 17–20.

Levine, Suzanne C. Disability in the news—fair? accurate? Kaleidoscope, number 53, summer–fall 2006: 4–5.

National Center on Disability and Journalism. Publications. Retrieved Sept. 3, 2008. www.ncdj.org/index.php.

Public Images Network. Promoting positive perceptions of people with developmental disabilities. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2008. www.publicimagesnetwork.org.

Rehabilitation International. Media and disability. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2008. www.riglobal.org/publications/media_report/index.html.

Research and Training Center on Independent Living. Guidelines for reporting and writing about people with disabilities. 7th ed. 2008. $1. Also, Your words, our pictures 18” x 24” poster, $5. (University of Kansas, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4089 Dole Building, Lawrence 66045).

Riley, Charles A. Disability and the media: prescriptions for change. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2005. 284p. $26. (1 Court Street, 03766).

Shannon, Jeff. New media trends: disability-friendly or not? New mobility, v. 19, May 2008: 27–29.

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