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8 Empowering Books With Incredible Disability Stories

Disability is not the right word for people that are different than us. These amazing people are capable of incredible things!

Disability as a term for people who are different from ‘normal’ appears like a negative word. These books prove that people with disabilities often have the inspiration and the means to go above and beyond.

If you know someone who is disabled and needs a morale boost, these books are the perfect pick for you. It teaches both disabled people, and the rest of us, that anything is possible. And that’s what books should be doing.

#1 I Know My Way Memoir by Theresa Marafito

I Know My Way Memoir by Theresa MarafitoGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

One of the goals of this memoir is to help people understand that the life of a typical middle class family living with visual disabilities is not much different than a normal family dynamic. The copy is very dialog driven making the reader feel a part of the conversation taking place, not just looking through the window watching the action pass by.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#2 Let’s Appreciate Everyone! by Brocha Goetz

Let's Appreciate Everyone! by Brocha GoetzGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

We can all do better when it comes to appreciating others!

This sensitive book teaches children the proper attitudes and behaviors in relating to people with disabilities. The adorable illustrations and gentle but powerful parables apply not only to those with disabilities, but also to anyone who is weak in a particular area — as, in fact, we all are.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#3 How to Keep Your Social Security Benefits by Jerry Zivic

How to Keep Your Social Security Benefits by Jerry ZivicGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Many individuals with disabilities find it a challenge to get health insurance. If you are on Social Security Disability you are eligible for Medicare. However, these benefits are not guaranteed for life and Social Security reviews an individual’s eligibility periodically.

If you are on Social Security Disability, it will be difficult if not impossible to hire an attorney if your case gets reviewed. You need to be prepared to represent yourself. The book is easy to read, and the forms are geared to help your medical provider give Social Security the information it needs to review your claim. The day you receive your Social Security Disability benefit is the day you should start to prepare to have your claim reviewed.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman

Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Peter Shankman is a busy guy – a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is a loving father to his young daughter.

Simply put, he always seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. How does he do it? Peter attributes his unusually high energy level and extreme productivity to his ADHD.

In Faster Than Normal, Shankman shares his hard-won insights and daily hacks for making ADHD a secret weapon for living a full and deeply satisfying life. Both inspiring and practical, the book presents life rules, best practices, and simple but powerful ways to:

  • Harness your creative energy to generate and execute your ideas
  • Direct your hyperfocus to get things done
  • Identify your pitfalls – and avoid them
  • Streamline your daily routine to eliminate distractions
  • Use apps and other tech innovations to free up your time and energy

Filled with ingenious hacks and supportive self-care advice, this is the positive, practical book the ADHD community has long needed – and is also an invaluable handbook for anyone who’s sick of feeling overwhelmed and wants to drive their faster-than-normal brain at maximum speed…without crashing.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 Salt In My Soul by Mallory Smith

Salt In My Soul by Mallory SmithGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The remarkable story of a young woman with Cystic Fibrosis and how she lived her life to the absolute fullest while dealing with her impending death. Mallory knew that her life would likely be cut short, but she never let it stop her from surfing, going to school and pursuing her dreams of love. A well written and heartbreaking story that will leave you wanting more.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#6 Taming Chronic Pain by Amy Orr

Taming Chronic Pain by Amy Orr Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Chronic pain is an invisible illness, and one that affects nearly one in five people. Like any disability, it disrupts your health, your career, your relationships, and your mental health. This book covers all of the different aspects of living a life with chronic pain, and offers practical solutions for and a frank discussion of everything you’ll be dealing with when living with a long term pain issue.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#7 7 1/2 Habits To Help You Become More Humorous, Happier & Healthier by David Jacobson

7 1/2 Habits To Help You Become More Humorous, Happier & Healthier by David JacobsonGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The author has lived with severe arthritis and chronic pain for almost 40 years. In this book he describes how therapeutic humor has not only helped him cope, but thrive and have a successful career.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#8 Why Am I So Special? by Mr Barry Henkin

Why Am I So Special? by Mr Barry HenkinGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The book is a tale of his life, good and difficult, and about his friends, his motivational speaking, and how others with disabilities can cope and succeed in the world. Barry is sort of like Rain Man, he has a fantastic memory and remembers every person he has ever met, along with their family, and their history. He loves music as well and has a fascinating memory for music trivia.

After he released his book, he was voted into the Cleveland High School Alumni Hall of Fame and was featured in our big Ohio newspaper-the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other local papers as well. Barry speaks at youth centers and has a big fan following. He has accomplished much in his life despite many obstacles. His book will make you smile, cry, and feel motivated to help others.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Contributors to this article
Linda Odubayo Thompson from I Know My Way Memoir

Bracha Goetz from Spiritual Books

Jerry Zivic from JerryZivic

Peter Shankman from ShankMinds

Pamela Jessen from PamelaJessen

Amy Orr from Amy Orr Books

David Jacobson from Humor Horizons

Sherry Gavanditti from Menorah Park

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Written by Zak Parker

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