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Virtual Book Club Supporting Disability Rights and Inclusion

As part of NEA’s Disability Rights and Inclusion Work (DRI), NEA is facilitating member-led virtual book clubs to engage members in a DRI journey, raising awareness about the perspectives of people with disabilities and building understanding of the environmental, social, and attitudinal barriers that encumber true inclusivity and accessibility.
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Published: September 2023

Join the Club

Over the course of the 2023-2024 school year, NEA will host three virtual book clubs on the following books. Note: Registration for the virtual book clubs is only available to active NEA members. Unable to join the book club? While the online book club is only available to the first 100 NEA members who sign up, for members who did not meet the registration cutoff, and for non-members, reading guides will be available for download with the corresponding books below. We encourage those who are purchasing books to consider buying from minority- and disability-owned vendors.
Demystifying Disability Book Cover

Book 1: Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau

When: October – December 2023; Registration is now closed.
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Book 2: The Pretty One by Keah Brown

When: January – March 2024; Registration is now closed.
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Book 3: What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community, and Love by Janice Fialka

When: April – June 2024.

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Continue Your Disability Justice Journey

Our vision is to promote the importance of including disability perspective books and that school libraries begin to include more books that represent the perspectives of the 20 percent of our population with either apparent or non-apparent disabilities. This work is critical in ending ableism—discrimination against those with disabilities—by educating readers about what living with a disability is like and countering misinformation. Make sure to ask your school librarian about including books with positive disability perspectives for both students and educators!

There is additional information available here to help you along your journey of ensuring authentic accessibility and inclusion within and beyond their classrooms for all individuals with disabilities.

Lead Your Own Book Club

If you are interested in facilitating your own book club, check out this video by Federal Education Association librarian Anthony Devine on how to facilitate your own book club.

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Resources

Learn and read more about disability rights with NEA's resources.
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