Words are powerful. They can form and transform a completely new era. When they are collected over a page and numerous pages share a common base we kinda refer to it as a book. Embracing years of experience, experiments, facts, stories, dreams, and whatnot.
As George R.R. Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
Books have an immense power to teleport the reader from this real-world to the amazing world of words. We slide with the author’s journey and experience good, bad, magnetic, dramatic, sad, lucid, and much more types of moments. Still, in the end, utterly beautiful trip.
You may have read various books in your life from academic ones to self-help books. Here, we are going to transverse a different path by witnessing the life of disabled people. We’ve got seven imperishable books depicting the lives of people with a disability:
Wheels of Courage
How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights and Inspired a Nation
Wheels of Courage is one of the beautiful works of David Davis depicting the undefeatable spirit of soldiers, sailors, and marines whom World War II left with paralysis. The defense had no space for physically unfit persons. Doctors had explicitly said their life expectancy would be a year. They are considered as dead-end or no-hope servicemen. But these paralyzed veterans were ready for one more battle. They fixed their heart on being healthy with the help of advanced medical technology, physicians, and rehabilitation coaches. Their hard work pays off and the Paralympic Games are incarnated, shining with their own fan base. They formed the first wheelchair basketball team, the Rolling Devils, the Flying Wheels & the Gizz Kids were barnstorming involving the nation filling arenas with cheering, incredulous fans. This book narrates a story of consistent effort and never giving up. Drawing on the veterans’ own expressions, stories & memories of a pioneering era, writer David Davis has crafted a narrative amazingly. It is a perfect example of destiny being defined by these recently portrayed superhumans.
Life Without Limits
Live a Ridiculously Good Life
I honestly didn’t think miracles could ever come from my broken pieces, and I was disabled in fear that my dreams would always remain as dreams. Don’t give up on you. Don’t give up on God. Don’t give up on love. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you don’t give up!
Nick Vujicic is a dynamic author who was born without limbs. He perceived a life that can’t be bound by any limit and can’t be fitted in one box. In this inspiring book, he shared his life story on how he overcame his physical disabilities and the emotional trauma that could not hold him apart. This book is a practical guide on building a beautiful limitless life. It was the patience, persistence, and never give up attitude that made him relentlessly work on his purpose and is worthy of a miracle!
First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century
The wonderful anthology of stories has millions of living emotions that can’t let you put the book down. Alice Wong, an activist, brings together the personal write-ups of disabled writers. It’s a great book that tells the tale of disabled persons who are not like any achievers. They are just normal people, just like I and you. The collection has four parts—Being, Becoming, Doing & Connecting— that feature diverse and touching writing of specially-abled and chronically-ill artists, authors & activists. They shared their ups and downs, cultural acceptance, and mindset. It also includes the stories of a fashion-designer, medical field trainee & scientist, among others. The stories are in various forms like the essay, speech, an interview, a eulogy, as well as a statement & call to action. Relaying a wide array of experiences, every individual would take you to invaluable glimpses of what it would be to live with a disability, sometimes even multiple disabilities – in a society full of abled ones. Viewing the world from the eyes of a disabled person is a completely peculiar experience. This remarkable collection would leave a thoughtful impact that you may have never realized.
An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
Being Heumann is an incredibly detailed memoir of Judith who made her way from being paralyzed to becoming a leader of Section 505 Sit-In in the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. An exciting journey of a person who was paralyzed from polio at eighteen months started from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington. She threaded her roller coaster ride in a fascinating story that is absolutely relatable and inspiring. Her journey with a range of activist organizations, including the Berkeley Center for Independent Living and the American Association of People with Disabilities, several NGOs dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people, and governments. The fight that succeeded positively and since the 1970s has contributed greatly to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. A quadriplegic kid of two years who later faced denial from education with normal peers and from getting a job became a fiercely devoted activist who never forgot her roots. We would read one of its kind penned experience on advocacy for disability rights at homeland and abroad to serving in the Clinton and Obama administrations, and as the World Bank’s first adviser on disability and development. The book is a living testimony of her groundbreaking work.
My Brief History
If you understand how the universe operates, you control it, in a way.
Life is beyond the constraint of a physical body and a physical world. For the first time, perhaps one of the most brilliant cosmologists of the age turns his gaze inward on revealing look written on his own life and intellectual evolution. Stephen Hawkings has invariably won countless hearts by revealing the beauty of both: micro and macrocosmic worlds. This book has unveiled Hawking’s personal life and his day to day thought process. With impeccable writing skills, he opens up about his challenging diagnosis of ALS at the age of twenty-one. Beating the doctor’s predictions he lived for many more years than expected and explains how the perpetual thought of early death was one of the reasons for his intellectual breakthroughs. The ability to not just address big questions of our existence (like the nature of the Universe, beginning of time, Will it end?, etc. scientifically but to simplify them for average reader has led the evolution from a formidable scientist to best-selling author. This book will make you travel inside the brain of a genius who has offered brainstorming theories without letting his physical disability hurdle the way. I must address the one specific thing that Hawking clearly doesn’t like to dwell on—the crippling motor neurone disease that took his ability to walk and, eventually, talk.
Not So Different
What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability
Is there anything wrong with being disabled? Today’s child is going to be a future adult. This is the stage where kids have numerous questions. The curiosity is the same when they see a person in a wheelchair. Normally, disability is associated with misery, pain, misfortune, and sometimes even disease. But, have you ever felt how the person is feeling? Shane Burcaw was aware of all these situations and tried to put his hands once again in the burning fire. He was born with spinal muscular atrophy that was destined to make him weaker with time. This book is a combination of honesty, humor, and reality. He says that his wheelchair is specifically designed for him just as so many other parts of the world. On a serious note: this book won’t leave any seriousness inside you. You’ll laugh, be grateful, and get inspired. Summarising it in one sentence would be “Normalising disability from a younger age.”
I’ll Push You
A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair
This single sentence “I’ll Push You” is the essence of this book. Justin and Patrick were best friends who lived like a shadow to each other. When Justin was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease, Patrick took his complete responsibility to start an extraordinary life. This book is full of positivity, selfless love, humor, and authenticity. The story begins with Justin experiencing his health issues that began not long after a motor vehicle accident he suffered in 1991 as weakness in his foot and leg. After many visits to doctors and several incorrect diagnoses, he finally receives the information as “Multifocal Acquired Motor Axonopathy.” Justin contacts his long time friend, Patrick Gray, and the journey begins! The adventurous 34 days life-altering journey of both friends to Camino de Santiago is the real crux. Justin’s uncertainty about the possibility of a successful spiritual enlightening visit was empowered by Patrick’s reflex, “I’ll push you.” Their lifelong friendship is an astonishing depiction of valuing each other dreams and goals. This book talks about sacrifice in the place of misery, possibility despite hardships, and friendship in the self-absorbed culture.
I hope you are going to have a completely different experience while adding some of ‘em to your wishlist. After all, books embed thousands of years embracing zillions of perspectives that are yet to be discovered!