Books + Print

These resources both can be encouraging for girls and individuals with disabilities as well as providing information to leaders.

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Books for Younger Girls (under 10 years old):

Resource Description
Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability
by Pat Thomas
Explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way.
Ian’s Walk: A Story About Autism
by Laurie Lears
This book sensitizes readers to family relationship and sibling dynamics as well as to the autistic condition.
Just Because I am: A Child’s Book of Affirmation
by Lauren Murphy Payne
This book invites little ones to love, accept, and respect themselves.
Looking After Louis
by Lesley Ely and Polly Dunbar
Louis has autism, but through imagination, kindness, and a special game of soccer, his classmates find a way to join him in his world.
My Friend Has ADHD
by Amanda Doering Tourville and Kristin Sorra
Part of a series showing that disabilities don’t have to get in the way of friendship
My Friend Has Autism
by Amanda Doering Tourville and Kristin Sorra
Part of a series showing that disabilities don’t have to get in the way of friendship
My Friend Has Dyslexia
by Amanda Doering Tourville and Kristin Sorra
Part of a series showing that disabilities don’t have to get in the way of friendship
My Friend Has Down Syndrome
by Amanda Doering Tourville and Kristin Sorra
Part of a series showing that disabilities don’t have to get in the way of friendship
My Friend Isabelle
by Eliza Woloson and Bryan Gough
Encourages readers to think about friendship, and opens the door for young children to talk about differences and the world around them.
Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair
by Jamee Riggio Heelan and Nicola Simmonds
The books goal is to see into Taylor’s world, understand his physical challenges and learn how his wheelchair helps him overcome his limitations.
Some Kids Use Wheelchairs
by Lola M. Schaefer
Discusses the challenges of using a wheelchair, why some children cannot walk and the everyday lives of children who use wheelchairs.
Someone Special Just Like You
by Tricia Brown, Effie Lee Morris, and Fran Ortiz
Shows how the differences that seem to separate children with handicaps from others are not important.
Susan Laughs
by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
A story about Susan, who’s physical disability is never seen as a handicap.

 
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Books for Older Girls (10+ years old)

Resource Description
Extraordinary People With Disabilities
by Deborah Kent and Kathryn A. Quinlan
Real-life stories of struggle, achievement, victory, and sometimes loss that are an ideal companion for history, social science, language and geography studies.
Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities
by Donald R. Gallo
Ten short stories by young adults who meet every day with wit, intelligence, and courage.

 
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Books for Adults:

Resource Description
Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara, and Karen Simmons
Short essays by adults caring for children with disabilities, providing a glimpse into their lives.
Creative Therapy for Children With Autism, ADD, and Asperger
by Janet Tubbs
Introduction and guide to using art, music and movement with children with Autism, ADHD and Asperger.
Signing Illustrated
by Mickey Flodin
A guide to learning American Sign Language
The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
by Stanley I. Greenspan, Serena Wieder, and Robin Simons
A guide for raising children with special needs.
Working With Hannah:
A Special Girl in a Mainstream School

by Chris Glass and Liz Wise
Written by classroom assistants, this book guides including special children in public school.

 
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Girl Scouts of the USA Resources:

Resource Description
Focus on Ability
by Girls Scouts of the USA
Focus on Ability is a publication focused on serving girls with special needs. It covers learning disabilities, communication disorders, cognitive disabilities, behavior disorders, hearing and visual impairments, and physical disabilities.
Girl Scout Resources in Braille The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, Journey books and adult guides are now available in Braille. If you know a girl or troop leader in need of this resource, please contact Pam Wurster at 800-845-0787

 
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