January 2019 Young Adult Fiction

Disability Resource Library January Newsletter

This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on young adult fiction. In an age of social media, it may be hard to convince your young adult to put down their phone and pick up a book. Well, we're here to help! Take a look at just a few of our offerings from the Disability Resource Library. Remember, you can visit online anytime to search our entire inventory. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

Featured Resources

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Out of My Mind
By Sharon M. Draper

Out of my mind cover

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it...somehow

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By Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own.

Check out Ghosts

cover of Jerk California

Jerk California
By Jonathan Friesen

This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette's Syndrome for modern teens. Wrought with tension, romance, and hope, Jerk, California tells the story of Sam, who sets out on a cross-country quest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette's Syndrome, along the way finding both love and acceptance.

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By R. J. Palacio

Auggie was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep and if you have ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? Do yourself a favor and read this book!

Check out Wonder

LED Cube

Mesmerizing! Just press and hold your capability switch and be rewarded with 64 LEDs in an animated 3D light show with music. The cube’s ever changing patterns are mesmerizing and exciting. Fantastic for increasing visual attention, visual tracking and listening skills. Also works without a switch. Size: 5"L x 5"W x 6½"H. Requires AC Transformer (included).

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Navigation Tips

As a parent or caretaker of someone with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), there are several skills you can develop at home and at school. Encourage learning such things as:

  • "Active" listening
  • Speaking at appropriate times
  • Proper manners at lunch and/or breaks
  • Problem-solving
  • Planning
  • Time management
  • Teamwork

Developing self-advocacy skills are critical to your son or daughter being successful in adulthood and employment. Information on how to effectively build these skills can be found in our Disability Resource Library or in the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit.

A Child's Champion

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Meet our January Child's Champion, Pam Holland, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S. Pam is a Language Pathologist, Feeding Therapist, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Since graduating from Marshall University, she has worked in a variety of health care and educational settings. Pam started working at Marshall in 2002 as a part of the RiteCare Clinic sponsored by the Huntington Scottish Rite Freemasonry. They provide support for children and families who otherwise could not afford ongoing services. She has served with the WV Birth to Three program for many years and founded the Marshall University Feeding and Swallowing Clinic in 2013 with CED's very own Angel Casto.

Pam is inspired by children and their families as well as the professionals she works alongside. As a faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University, Pam is motivated daily by her students. "They teach me so much!" she shared. Pam writes inspirational quotes on her office door. What's there currently? “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success." - Shiv Khera.