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Books

The Power of Stories to Change Minds

Wild Onion Press took off in 2009 on the mission to change minds one at a time about children (as well as about all creatures great and small) with physical differences.  We aimed to do this through literature, believing that a story is a powerful influence on the emotional lives of readers. Remember what it was like to fall in love with a book when you were a child? 

Review: All About Attention Deficit Disorder

The second edition of Dr. Thomas W. Phelan’s influential guide, All About Attention Deficit Disorder, explains in layman’s terms the symptoms and treatments for this all too common condition.

Ruby Dee Overcomes Brain Injury with Cookbook

Four years ago, Ruby Dee Philippa was riding her scooter down the road in Austin, TX. She was a singer. Her band, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, was just about to release a new album. She was careful on her ride. She wore a motorcycle jacket, hefty pants, and a full helmet. Ruby tells the story: “I was driving down the street, and the driver of a car didn’t see me.

Book Excerpt: Easy to Love, but Hard to Raise

Easy to Love, but Hard to Raise is a collection of essays from the parents of children with “invisible” but very real disabilities. As these parents share their stories, a sense of empathy and support emerges until the reader comes away feeling that they, too, are not alone.

Ann LeZotte and Julie Jack, a Deaf Heroine

As a young child, Ann LeZotte was diagnosed as autistic because she banged her head. Eventually it was discovered that her head-banging was merely a response to the fact that she could not hear. Born prematurely and deaf, Ann also has trouble with lung function.

Wild Onion Press Stars Kids with Disabilities

NPR Commentator and novelist Shelley Fraser Mickle takes on a new title, Publisher, with the startup company Wild Onion Press, Books Starring Kids with Physical Differences.

Autism: Beyond the Nonverbal Label

The common misperception that nonverbal children, particularly those diagnosed with autism, are not aware of what goes on around them or are devoid of feeling is completely destroyed in the book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom. Co-author Elaine Hall was present at the Vista Del Mar Annual Autism Conference in November to moderate an “Ask the Artists” children’s panel, where a young man named Dashiell elaborated on a piece of writing he contributed to the book. Dashiell is a 12-year-old “minimally fluent” autistic boy.

11 More Good Old Books about Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Dyslexia: 3 in a Series

Everyone has their favorite sources of information, and often that means a favorite book. New books are continually coming out. Sometimes new ideas come along. Sometimes they really change the game. Often, they don't.
I think, and many others agree, that having as rich a knowledge base as possible--call it a data bank--pays dividends forever. The list below is a good place to start when it comes to dyslexia, ADHD and learning disabilities. They aren't the stylish new ones, but they won't let you down. They come well-recommended by people with dyslexia, too.

9 Good Old Books on Learning Disability, ADHD and Dyslexia: 2 in a Series

Everyone has their favorite sources of information, and often that means a favorite book. New books are continually coming out. Sometimes new ideas come along. Sometimes they really change the game. Often, they don't.