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All You Need to Know About Disability is on Star Trek Paperback – July 12, 2014
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;-) She possesses an extraordinary knowledge of all kinds of disabilities and talks about how Star Trek tv series, films, etc. keenly illustrate and highlight these issues in entertaining, and right-on-the-money ways that are also very funny at times.
This is no dry textbook nor is it the "politically correct" model. She entertains *and* enlightens this reader while I'm having a terrific time reading it. Her book fills a previously (to me, at least) unmet discussion of people with different abilities: by examining disability through the lens of the Star Trek universe, a universe full of hopeful, harmonious and adventurous co-existence, she shines that same optimistic, brightly-lit vision on to the subject of people today who live with different abilities. She illuminates the difficulties and challenges disabled folks face every day of their lives and then, in true Star Trek fashion, opens our minds to different, much more compassionate, wise and accepting paths to accepting and even ultimately seeing the real and FULL human value in all of us, disabled or not (yet!).
You certainly don't have to possess any particularly deep knowledge of Star Trek or first-hand experience with not having your body &/or mind work quite as well as you'd like in order to find this book engrossing. Even if the worst physical injury you've yet experienced is a sprained ankle that kept you off your feet for a week, I can practically guarantee that you'll enjoy this book. 3 friends of mine, all unrelated, had already strongly urged me to read it and I'm delighted that I did. Ms. Lehman also writes with a very healthy dose of humor throughout. This book shines - THANK YOU!
P.S. Buying 2 more copies for friends!
The great strength I can see for this book is that it would also be wonderful way to facilitate discussions between people with a disability, their siblings, family and friends. As a parent of children with and without autism, I can see how it will be a useful tool for discussing issues between siblings as they get older. There are a range of such books for explaining disability differences to younger children but very little for middle and high school children. This book is a step towards filling that gap and I highly recommend it.
Full disclosure: I was an advance reader for a few chapters and purchased my copy at one of the author’s local appearances.