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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is about the Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club pick for March, and the schedule! And lastly! This post is available via PDF and MP3 (with me reading it) on my Patreon site (linked here). Alternatively, you can find it at the end of this post.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Judy Heumann is one of…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is a news post, announcing that the Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club has selected The Pretty One, by Keah Brown, as our February read.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Keah Brown went and wrote a book that screams, “READ MEEEEEEEE,” and so we shall! Details About “The Pretty One” “From the disability rights advocate and…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is a short video explaining what ableism is, the basic pieces behind disability rights, and what having a disability is, what a disability is.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What is Ableism? Ableism is  prejudice against people with disabilities. Ableism is real, and exists even among people with disabilities, as we can internalize the ableism that…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is a post about the Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club’s book pick for December.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/rm38HHzsz9c” align=”center” title=”Decembe Pick: Haben”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Lit League Disability Book and Movie Club has picked Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law for our December book! I reached out to the author, Haben Girma, and…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is a book review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a children’s book. There are affiliate links in this post (read more about my disclosure policy here)[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I am always looking for quality books for my children to engage with. In these troubled times, I also look for quality books…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-heart”]I am re-publishing this review of No Ordinary boy because it is Owen’s birthday. He would be 21 if he were alive today. In commemorating her son, Jennifer is offering No Ordinary Boy free as a PDF. It is linked at the end of this post.[/vc_message][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] No Ordinary Boy No…

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