A learning disability can't be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong issue. With the right support and intervention, however, children with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life.
In this memoir, Kenny Fries explores his life and experiences with his disability. Having been born with congenital deformities that affected the lower part of his body, Fries searches medical records, talks with family and friends, and examines past relationships in order to better understand his disability. In addition to an understanding of his physical body, Fries also explores his sexuality and personal relationships. This is a memoir about disability, but it is also about the discovery and understanding of his identity (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University).
This book presents writings by other women who have a range of physical disabilities. The short stories and poems included in this book range in topic from issues of accessibility to abuse to equality. Disability is framed by these narratives as a social, cultural, and political issue, not only as a personal one. This is an excellent account of disability issues from a woman's perspective. It is powerful, moving, and educating for all readers (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University).
Structure: Personal Narrative
Thesis: I am a clever risk-taker.
Elements of Style: Literary play with contradiction and a variety of verbal punning
Committee Appeal: Intellectual Excellence, Multiple Perspectives
Success Rating: A-/8
This personal statement is constructed like a poem: there is a rhythm to it that draws the reader in; there is also verbal play and the construction of a somewhat mysterious self-portrait. This applicant had an impressive 4.0 GPA and 178 LSAT, so he could be a risk-taker with the personal statement. This essay stands out because it is more artfully designed than other statements. This is a good strategy if you are sure of your standardized scores or if you are applying to a reach school and so are trying to get yourself noticed. An experimental personal statement such as this is just as likely to succeed as to flop, because some admissions committee members value creativity while others will be put off by the lack of specific details. In its uniqueness, it is unclear how difficult this statement was to write; most admissions committee members will probably give the candidate the benefit of the doubt and see it as highly original rather than a series of clichés.
MultiMail is a free email program for people with disabilities, that is an extension to the popular MultiWeb browser. It has been designed in close consultation with consumers by the Equity and Access Research and Development Group at Deakin University. Published: May 2000
The goal of living a more independent life is becoming a reality for young adults with physical disabilities participating in the Merrylands Independent Living program. Two Merrylands' residents tell their stories and include a personal goals checklist for people considering living alone for the first time. Published: December 2000
This is a book of essays focusing on themes related to disability identity and Disability Studies. He notes the silence regarding disability identity versus other identities such as race, gender, or sexual orientation. He argues that instability of the disability category can be the beginning of a new way of thinking about all identity categories. As he states, “The dismodern era ushers in the concept that difference is what all of us have in common. That identity is not fixed but malleable.” Essays in the book illustrate the key role that Disability Studies can play in terms of cultural criticism and theory (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University).
The author uses a disability rights standpoint to discuss the international oppression of people with disabilities. He provides a theoretical framework for understanding disability oppression not as something that has come from the attitudes of people without disabilities, but because of systems and structures of oppression from which these attitudes stem. He uses interviews with disability rights activists from around the world to back his argument (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University). Recommended by Mary Cerreto, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University.
Charlton, J. I. (1998). Nothing about us without us: Disability oppression and empowerment. Berkeley: University of California.
This book uses the voices of disabled people to describe the changes in the disability sector in Britain as a result of the social movement of disabled people, particularly in the 1970s to mid 1990s. This work is regarded to be a significant contribution to history, social theory and policy, and political studies. The book clearly traces the emergence and survival of the disability movement and provides an honest evaluation of its successes and failures. It then goes on to consider possible future directions for disabled people in 21st century Britain. It is great contribution to the promotion of the understanding of the disability movement in Britain (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University).
Robyn, disability advocate and access consultant, writes about her experiences concerning access in tropical Queensland. Published: August 2001
The School of Adaptive Computer Training (SACT) began classes in January 2000 with a mission to enhance the computer technical skills and marketabililty of people with special needs. SACT matches the right technology with a person's individual ability to help level the playing field in the IT market. To date the SACT team has seen an 80 percent success rate in career placements among its graduates. Published: December 2001