I’ve been teasing this post for a while, without actually giving away what the post is, of course. I talked about it in my post about things I want to learn and in a few others, but today it’s finally here. I’m talking about the disability I want to learn/see more about it.
I’m breaking this post into two parts. Firstly, disabilities I don’t know anything about and would like to learn about. Secondly, disabilities I know about, but I think they are sorely lacking from books. Let’s go.
I know next to nothing about autism, but it’s something I would like to learn about. I think it’s something that is becoming more and more spoken about, which means there’s also a lot of stereotypes and arguments. I think the only way to move past stereotypes is to educate yourself, so that’s what I plan on doing here.
I know a little bit about CF from what I read in Dead Girls Society, but not nearly enough. I want to understand the ins and outs—not just the medical side, but the personal too. I want to be able to talk about CF (and every other disability) and help raise awareness of it.
I’ve read a few books about OCD lately. Namely, Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, which was my favourite book of last year. I don’t feel like I know a lot about it though, and I would really like to understand.
You might have seen my post about my experiences with diabetes the other day. On that post, Nevillegirl asked if I knew of any books with diabetic characters, and the truth is, no I don’t. I’ve heard of one, but I don’t know how much of a role diabetes plays in that—it’s called Lucky Few, if anyone’s read it.
Yesterday, I recommended The War That Saved My Life, in which the main character has a club foot. That’s the only book I’ve read with a character with the same condition I was born with. I wish I’d had this book as a kid, and I hope there will be more books out there about it.
Chronic Fatigue & Chronic Pain
I was talking with Angel about how neither chronic fatigue or chronic pain feature in many YA books. I have a lot of friends with chronic fatigue/pain, so I don’t really understand how it’s excluded from the books we read. I hope it’s something we’ll see more of soon.
So those are some of the disabilities I’m interested in reading more books about. I would like to learn about everything because no one deserves to be excluded, but these are just a few I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Let me know if there are any disabilities you want to read about, or if you know of any books that cover these.