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RCU DEI COMMITTEE
National Disability Employment Awareness MonthRCU’s DEI Committee and Vanessa Medina, in Educational Development, have thoughtfully put together the following NDEAM book recommendations. Enjoy and celebrate in the richness of this wonderfully diverse community!
by Judith Heumann A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn't built for all of us and of one woman's activism—from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington—Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann's lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society.
By Steve Silberman "NeuroTribes" delves deep into the history of autism, revealing its multifaceted nature as a developmental disorder, disability, and unique cognitive difference. Steve Silberman uncovers the suppressed history of autism, spotlighting key figures like Hans Asperger and the attempts by Leo Kanner to limit the understanding of the spectrum. The book emphasizes the importance of neurodiversity, advocating for respect, proper accommodations, and self-determination for individuals with cognitive differences.
NUEROTRIBES: The Legacy of Autism and How To Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently
What Can A Body Do? How We Meet the Built World
by Sara HendrenIn a series of vivid stories drawn from the lived experience of disability and the ideas and innovations that have emerged from it—from cyborg arms to customizable cardboard chairs to deaf architecture—Sara Hendren invites us to rethink the things and settings we live with. What might assistance based on the body’s stunning capacity for adaptation—rather than a rigid insistence on “normalcy”—look like? Can we foster interdependent, not just independent, living? How do we creatively engineer public spaces that allow us all to navigate our common terrain? By rendering familiar objects and environments newly strange and wondrous, What Can a Body Do? helps us imagine a future that will better meet the extraordinary range of our collective needs and desires.