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Charlip, Remy. Handtalk birthday: A number & story book in sign language. New York: Four Winds Press, 1987.

Words and sign language depict friends helping a deaf woman celebrate her birthday.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ7.C3812 H3 1987)

Shreve, Susan R. The gift of the girl who couldn't hear. New York : Beech Tree Books, 1993, c1991.

Two friends, one of whom is deaf, help each other when tryouts are held for a seventh-grade production of "Annie."
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.S55915 G54 1993)

Scott, Virginia M. Belonging. Washington, D.C. : Kendall Green Publications, Gallaudet University Press, 1987, c1986.

After contracting meningitis, a fifteen-year-old girl becomes deaf and must struggle with accepting her hearing loss and being accepted by her friends and family.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.S4294 B4 1987)

Walker, Lou Ann. A loss for words : the story of deafness in a family. New York : Harper & Row, 1987, c1986.

(from Amazon) Born in the Midwest in 1952, Walker is one of three hearing daughters of Gale and Doris Jean Walker, both deafened as babies by illnesses. As the oldest child, the author served as her parents' "interpreter," dealing with outsiders.
(Click for availability: YA HV2395 .W34 1987)

Sullivan, Mary Beth. A show of hands : say it in sign language New York : Scholastic Inc., [1985?], c1980.

An introduction to the sign language used by many deaf and hearing-impaired people.d
(Click for availability: JUV HV2476.S85 S46 [1985])

Riskind, Mary. Apple is my sign. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1981.

A 10-year-old boy returns to his parents' apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.R493 A67 1981)

Graff, Stewart. Helen Keller : toward the light New York : Dell, c1965.

A biography of the blind and deaf woman who rose above her physical disabilities to international renown and who helped other handicapped persons to live fuller lives.
(Click for availability: YA HV1624 .K4 G7 1965b)

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Moss, Deborah M. Shelley, the hyperactive turtle. Kensington, MD: Woodbine House, 1989.

After his mother takes him to the doctor, Shelley the turtle begins to understand why he feels so jumpy and wiggly inside that he can't stay still.
(Click for availability: JUV RJ506.H9 M67 1989)

Learning Disabilities
Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the mighty. New York: Scholastic, 1993.

At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.P52112 F7 1993)

Mental Disabilities
Byars, Betsy Cromer. The summer of the swans. New York: Viking Press, 1970.

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.B98396 S8 1970)

Martin, Ann M. A corner of the universe New York : Scholastic Press, 2002.

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.M35675 C67 2002)

Conly, Jane L. Crazy lady! New York : Harper/Collins, c1993.

As he tries to come to terms with his mother's death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.C761846 C73 1993)

Holt, Kimberly W. My Louisiana sky. New York : Dell, 2000, c1998.

Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.H74023 2000)

Rickert, Janet E. Russ and the almost perfect day. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, c2000.

Russ, a student with Down syndrome, is having a perfect day until he realizes that the five-dollar bill he has found probably belongs to a classmate.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ7.R41612 R7 2000)

Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. We'll paint the octopus red. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, c1998.

Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ8.S94156 W4 1998)

Rabe, Berniece. Where's Chimpy? Niles, Ill. : A. Whitman, 1988.

Text and photographs show Misty, a little girl with Down's syndrome, and her father reviewing her day's activities in their search for her stuffed monkey.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ7.R105 W44 1988)

Vision Impairments
Davidson, M. Helen Keller's teacher. New York: Scholastic, 1965.

(Click for availability: YA HV1624.M3 D3 1965)

Hermann, Spring. Seeing lessons : the story of Abigail Carter and America's first school for the blind. New York : Holt, c1998.

When ten-year-old Abby Carter attends the newly established school for the blind in Boston in 1832, she proves that blind people can learn and be independent.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.H43167 S4 1998)

Troupe, Quincy. Little Stevie Wonder. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

A poem tribute to blind musician and composer Stevie Wonder.
(Click for availability: JUV PS3570.R63 L58 2005)

Clements, Andrew. Brave Norman : a true story. New York : Scholastic, 2002, c2001.

Norman, a blind Labrador retriever, saves a girl from drowning in the ocean.
(Click for availability: JUV SF429.L3 B73 2002)

Clements, Andrew. Things not seen. New York : Scholastic, 2002.

When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.C59118 T45 2002)

Tibo, Gilles. Les yeux noirs. Saint-Lambert, Québec : Soulières, 1999.

(Click for availability: JUV PQ845.Y48 T5 1999 [Fr])

Kurtz, Jane. The storyteller's beads. San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace, c1998.

During the political strife and famine of the 1980's, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.
(Click for availability: YA PZ7.K9626 S7 1998)

Rau, Dana M. The secret code. New York : Children's Press, c1998.

Oscar, who is blind, teaches Lucy how to read his Braille book.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ7.R193975 S5 1998)

Freedman, Russell. Out of darkness : the story of Louis Braille. New York : Clarion Books, 1997.

A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who, having been blinded himself at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.
(Click for availability: YA HV1624.B65 F74 1997)

Cohen, Miriam. See you tomorrow, Charles. New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1997, c1983.

The first graders learn to accept the new boy, who is blind, as just like themselves.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ7.C6628 S4 1997)

Martin, Bill. Knots on a counting rope. New York : H. Holt, c1987.

A grandfather and his blind grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, reminisce about the young boy's birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse race.
(Click for availability: JUV PZ7.M3643 K56 1987)

Heelan, Jamee R. The making of my special hand : Madison's story. Atlanta, GA : Peachtree Publishers, 1998.

A child who was born with one hand tells the story of how people at the hospital made a helper hand for her, how the new hand operates, how it feels, and how she can use it.
(Click for availability: JUV RD756.22 .H44 1998)

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