Resources for Author Support
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Resources for Author Support

At INCLUDAS, we appreciate all of the writers who are working to make the world more inclusive and diverse. We are always looking to support and encourage authors to follow their dreams. Below is a list of resources, which will hopefully be helpful to emerging creatives looking for tips and opportunities in their fields. These…

Debunking Disability + Romance Myths
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Debunking Disability + Romance Myths

Accurate representation of disabled characters in literature is already quite rare, but even more infrequent are nuanced depictions of disabled characters in romantic relationships. (We’re excluding narratives that end with said characters dying.) However, in L.S. Rydde’s The Pearls of Yesterday, its main character, Abigail, lives with spinal muscular atrophy and a deep desire to…

Book Review of Air by Monica Roe
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Book Review of Air by Monica Roe

For this review, Catherine examines the contemporary middle grade novel “Air” by Monica Roe. Catherine is disabled but not a wheelchair user. Air by Monica Roe 5/5 stars  5/5 Twelve-year-old Emmie is a high-energy WCMX (wheelchair motocross) aficionado. She enjoys popping tricks on her wheelchair, going fast, and of course, hanging out with her best friend…

How to Make the Most of Your Local Library
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How to Make the Most of Your Local Library

Hushed voices, crinkling dust jackets, and fingers clacking against keyboards. Peppery pencil shavings, sweet crisp paper, and musky ink. Rows of wooden bookcases, bright illustrative book covers, and a community of readers of all ages.  INCLUDAS is celebrating these sounds, scents, and sights this month as February is National Library Lover’s Month. Your local library may be…

How to Make a Tactile Book
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How to Make a Tactile Book

It’s our 3rd Annual INCLUDAS Book Party, and we made a tactile book. Tactile books stimulate a reader’s sensory skills. They usually contain interesting textures and surfaces or moving objects that help tactile learners engage with literary texts. They are fun for everyone, but are especially popular as learning tools for low vision and blind…

Fighting for Reading Inclusion
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Fighting for Reading Inclusion

Most children learn how to read in a classroom with other students by sounding out letters. Storytime is a collective experience when kids can learn and interact together. Now imagine a child being segregated from that. Special needs and segregated spaces are century-old ways of oppressing those with disabilities. There are schools for the deaf and…

Using the Includas Superpowerful Journal
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Using the Includas Superpowerful Journal

The Includas Superheroes have been busy making the Includas Coloring Book (read their interview), but they had to create an Includas Superpowerful Journal, too! The Includas Superheroes want to make sure everyone knows how to use and/or create their own  superpowerful journal and spread includas power everywhere. Start with Level 1 Accez: Hello! I can’t wait for everyone to use the…

Understanding Disabilities: Celebrity Edition
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Understanding Disabilities: Celebrity Edition

Please note that this article isn’t meant to be medical advice or used as a diagnosis guide. We conducted research to explain in the simplest way how wide the disabilities’ range goes in hopes of providing educational information that will inspire further research and understanding. If you’ve come here from the Includas Coloring Book, we hope…