Our Library team has curated a collection of memoirs and stories that celebrate disability and diversity.
Many of these stories reflect a firsthand experience with disability that shows us how important it is to have inclusion and access for everyone.
You can share these stories to spark discussion and begin to understand other communities.
- stories to share with young children
- fictional stories on disability for junior and teens
- memoirs for adults.
All of these stories represent people with a disability by what they can do, not by what they can’t.
Join Sarah from Vision Australia and meet a very special Seeing Eye Dog in our Multi-sensory Storytime on Thursday 3 December at 10.00am. Children of all ages and diverse abilities are invited to join our online event, celebrating International Day for People with a Disability.
How to read these titles
Titles with an asterisk (*) are available from our eBook collection.
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For more recommended reading, visit Booklists.
- A different kind of seeing: my journey by Marie Younan with Jill Sanguinetti
- A flower between the cracks: a memoir of love, hope and disability by Helen Sage
- Able* by Dylan Alcott with Grantlee Kieza*
- Always looking up: the adventures of an incurable optimist by Michael J Fox
- Anything is possible* by Cosentino with Hazel Flynn
- Blind optimist: the life of Lawrie McCredie by Di Websdale-Morrissey
- Best foot forward by Adam Hills
- Born at the right time by Ron McCallum
- Choir man by Jonathon Welch
- Diving into glass* by Caro Llewelyn
- Don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot by John Callahan
- Everything to live for by Turia Pitt
- From the ground up by John P Coutis
- Finding a way by Graeme Innes
- Far from the tree: parents, children and the search for identity by Andrew Solomon
- How far can you go?: my 25 year quest to walk again by John Maclean with Mark Tabb
- Love without limits by Luke Vujicic
- Laughing at my nightmare by Shane Burcaw
- Look me in the eye: my life with Asperger’s* by John Elder Robison
- My left foot by Christy Brown
- Nujeen: one girl’s incredible journey from war-torn Syria in a wheelchair by Nujeen Mustafa with Christina Lamb
- The diving bell and the butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
- Three-quarter man by Sam Bramham
- The story of my life* by Helen Keller
- Portrait of the artist’s mother: dignity, creativity and disability by Fiona Place
- Unmasked by Turia Pitt
- Unconquerable: the Invictus spirit by Boris Starling
- Amazing by Steve Antony
- Animals: knowledge you can touch by DK braille concept
- Looking after Louis by Lesley Ely
- The perfect project: a book about autism by Tracy Packiam Alloway
- Some girls by Nelly Thomas
- Some boys by Nelly Thomas
- What the jackdaw saw by Julia Donaldson
- We’re all wonders by R J Palacio
- El Deafo* by Cece Bell
- Out of my mind* by Sharon M. Draper
- The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster
- The theory of hummingbirds by Michelle Kadarusman
- The thing about Oliver* by Deborah Kelly
- Roll with it by Jamie Sumner
- Wonder* by R.J. Palacio
- A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard
- A curse so dark and lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
- How to be luminous* by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
- How we roll by Natasha Friend
- Not if I see you first by Eric Lindstrom
- Peta Lyre's rating normal* by Anna Whateley
- Please don’t hug me by Kay Kerr
- Sick kids in love* by Hannah Moskowitz
- The boy who steals houses by C. G. Drews
- The first third* by Will Kostakis
- The silence between us* by Alison Gervais
- This is not a love scene* by S.C Megale