Books

Out of silence

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Naomi Higashida A young man’s remarkable voice from the silence of autism

Thinking in pictures

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A gifted and successful scientist and one of the world’s foremost and authentic voices about autism. Temple Grandin's book has proved a lightbulb moment for many families. 

Disability today

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This book by activist, philosopher and broadcaster Tom Shakespeare explores key social, economic and political issues around disability today 

Mr Goethe's garden

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The story of a unique friendship between an inquisitive young girl, Irena, and her neighbour -- the elderly, world-famous playwright, artist and natural scientist, Johann von Goethe. Set in the 1830s, Mr Goethe's Garden was inspired by Goethe's life and his botanical treatise The Metamorphosis of the Plant. 

'Lots of things are mysteries. That doesn't mean there isn't an answer'

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Christopher can't tell lies. Christopher does not like strangers or the colours yellow or brown or being touched. On the other hand, he knows all the countries in the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7507. A modern classic

Raising children who differ

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Published after 10 years of research, Andrew Solomon book offers stunning insights into what it is to raise children who are different to yourself. With chapters on Down's Syndrome, deafness, disability, autism, dwarfism and schizophrenia, built around hundreds of interviews with parents, it is humane and deeply moving. The Guardian 

The root of evil

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How the Nazi holocaust and eugenics shaped Karl König's approach to the Camphill model for people with learning disabilties seen through he life of Peter Bergel, a survivor and the first camphill child 

A dangerous idea

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The Gene: an intimate history  A book about Eugenics. Book of the Year: New York Times, Economist, Observer, Independent

Camphill: seed to worldwide movement

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A highly readable and beautifully illustrated  narrative of the Camphill story by Jan Martin Bang 

Nujeen's Amazing journey

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An inspiring tale of Nujeen a young girl with cerebral palsy who cannot walk and her escape from the hell of war in Syria 

Care and inclusion

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A collection of essays examining barriers faced by people with intellectual disabilities

Edited by Robin Jackson and Maria Lyons

Floris Books

'"People never like me and I never like people," Mary thought.'

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Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic fairy tale.  Mary Lennox s an orphan sent to live with her uncle at his mansion that is full of secrets. She finds a crippled cousin she never knew she had and a neglected garden she is determined to bring back to life.

Gender and class at work

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Compelling study of how gende bias bias plays into the current crisis in care by LJB Hayes a researcher at the Cardiff Law School 

Why are we cruel?

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Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism and developmental psychopathology, examines why people to treat others as if they were mere objects. In this book he proposes a radical shift, turning the focus away from evil and on to the central factor, empathy. 

Bread for some

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At a time when people with disabilities are finding it harder than ever to keep their heads above water in a system that seems to have ditched the original aims of the welfare state Chris Renwick history is a timely reminder of its origins. 

Charlie Gordon and Algernon the genius mouse

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The late Daniel Keys most famous novel is a book about intellectual impairment that challenges readers of all ages. Flowers for Algernon is a book that says to you: “I want you to question everything you know”’ The Guardian