A memoir is a book about part of someone’s life. Memoirs can be about lots of topics. We have made a list of some of our favourite memoirs written by disabled people!

Say Hello by Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay is an Australian writer, advocate and speaker. She writes about growing up with ichthyosis, and how it is important for all disabled people to feel proud of their differences. Carly believes in fairness and accessibility.

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

Shane writes about being a 21-year-old who has spinal muscular atrophy. The book is honest and funny. Shane is a young person writing for other young disabled people.

young man in electric wheelchair gapes at camera

Image source: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781626720077

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Carrie was an actress. She played Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ movies. This book is about how she had bipolar disorder. This means that she would often feel very sad, and then very happy. Carrie spoke up for other people with bipolar and other mental illnesses.

I’ll Scream Later by Marlee Matlin

Marlee is an actress. She lost her hearing when she was 18 months old. The book is about her life. She talks a lot about disability pride. In the book, she writes: “I am proud to be a Deaf person and wouldn’t know life any other way.” 

Being Heumann by Judith Heumann

Judith is famous for speaking up about the rights of disabled people in America. This book is the story of her life.

She fought for accessible places for herself and other disabled people. Judith was also in the Netflix documentary Crip Camp.  

 Black and white photo of woman in wheelchair looking thoughtful

Image source: http://www.beacon.org/Being-Heumann-P1618.aspx

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