Materials for Children and Teens with Disabilities

This blog is intended as a means to update and expand on the Linda Lucas Walling Collection of Materials for and about Children and Teens with Different Abilities:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Peggy Kaney's Dissertation Research Link

Dr. Peggy Kaney, Adjunct Faculty at Emporia State University, is an advisor to the collection, the blog and the Facebook page. Here's a link to her dissertation research: Peggy Kaney's Dissertation

Pediatricians Recommending Reading Aloud to Babies from Birth

Of course, we already knew this!

Reading to babies from birth recommended

Monday, June 23, 2014

Columbia College Edens Library Bibliography

A friend from the Columbia College library has shared this link. Please check it out! Edens Library bibliography

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dr. Clayton Copeland is now in charge!

I'm still helping with the collection and the blog, but I've turned over the day-to-day responsibilities to Clayton. She is an Instructor in USC's School of Library and Information Science. Here is her e-mail address:

Here is a photo of Clayton and me:

And here is a link to a video in which she talks about her interests and concerns: Dr. Clayton Copeland on YouTube  

You may still send messages to me as well, of course!

The Collection's Facebook Page

I just created a Facebook page for the collection. This blog and the Facebook page will help us keep up with the challenges of web page updating. Here is the link:

Monday, March 04, 2013

"The American’s with Disabilities Act compliance and library acquisitions" Acquisitions Institute

The American’s with Disabilities Act compliance and library acquisitions
Angela DresselhausUniversity of Montana - Missoula
The move from print to electronic materials was the catalyst for many changes in the library community. Libraries have reorganized staff to accommodate electronic workflows, have grappled with digital preservation and have considered the changing roles of libraries in digital scholarship. Vendors have developed electronic resource management systems, link resolvers, discovery layers, and other tools to help libraries manage the transition from print to electronic collections. This talk will address one of the remaining issues of the print to electronic transition; accessibility for patrons with differing abilities. ADA compliance issues are well addressed in the print realm, but the transition to electronic collections has created a need to reevaluate ADA compliance. This talk will address efforts to provide equal access to electronic databases, streaming media and other online materials. You will learn the basic steps of conducting an accessibility audit and a few tools to facilitate evaluation. Finally, the speaker will outline a stagey to develop a procurement and collection development policy that fosters the maintenance and growth of accessible library collections.
Suggested Citation
Angela Dresselhaus. "The American’s with Disabilities Act compliance and library acquisitions" Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge. Government Camp, Oregon. May. 2013.

Dear Marcus : a letter to the man who shot me

Jerry McGill recounts the story of being shot and disabled as a teen, along with his experiences living with a disability.

Dear Marcus

Autism Blog

A blog you may wish to follow:

Blog for Parents of Children With Autism

Lizzie Valesquez

Appearance as a disability:


Article on Disability Bias in Children's Literature

From the article:
"Adults and children with disabilities are entering the mainstream of society in unprecedented numbers. Increases in the accessibility of transportation, public buildings, and work sites have meant that many adults who are disabled can now actively participate in the social, political, and economic life of the society; however, only a limited number of children's books reflect these changes. What follows are brief comparisons of positive and negative portrayals of adults and children with disabilities as presented in children's literature. In each case, we will begin with the positive portrayal."

Disability Bias in Children's Literature

Riding the Bus With My Sister

A 10th anniversary edition, with updates, of a book well worth reading again: Riding the Bus With My Sister

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Court Rules Americans With Disabilities Act Allows Libraries to Make Copies to Serve Persons With Disabilities

Court Rules Americans With Disabilities Act Allows Libraries to Make Copies to Serve Persons With Disabilities
Section 121 of the Copyright Act allows an “authorized entity” to reproduce or distribute copies of certain protected works in specialized formats so those with vision or other impairments can use them. The Act defines an “authorized entity” as a nonprofit organization or governmental agency “that has a primary mission to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities.”
There has been a longstanding question whether college and university libraries qualify as an “authorized entity” pursuant to the definition in Section 121. The Court resolved this question, answering affirmatively. “The ADA requires that libraries of educational institutions have a primary mission to reproduce and distribute their collections to print-disabled individuals, making each library a potential “authorized entity” under [Section 121],” wrote Judge Baer. “The provision of access to previously published non-dramatic literary works within the HDL fits squarely within [Section 121], although Defendants may certainly rely on fair use, as explained above, to justify copies made outside of these categories or in the event that they are not authorized entities.”

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Spirit Catches You

This is an older book, but it qualifies as a landmark in how Western doctors work successfully (or unsuccessfully) with children and adults from other cultures.

Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, 1997.

Web Page Updates

The LLW Collection Web page has been extensively updated. In addition to new links and deleted dead links, virtually all parts of the page are updated. Many new titles have been added to the collection. They appear in the Bibliographies section of the page.

Please contact me with corrections and suggestions for additions to the collection and the page.

Author Correction

On the LLW Collection Web page see the Books about Children and Teens with Disabilities bibliography. The book Between Myself and Them: Stories of Disability and Difference, credited to Koretsky, was actually compiled by Carol Krause. I apologize for the error.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bibliography of Books about Children with Disabilities

This link leads to a bibliography of books held by Columbia College about children and teens with disabilities: