As a young child, Katherine Schneider, now a clinical psychologist, realized the lack of books about and for people with disabilities. As a result 7 years ago, she created the Schneider Family Book Award. Katherine has a visual impairment and this was her way to thank the people who had helped her throughout her life. The book award is given to books that “embody an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences” and to spotlight well-written children’s books about people with disabilities.
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I love to read, fiction especially. I love the smell of new books. Heck, I love the smell of the old books. I love it, but I don’t do it anymore. I mean, I’ll certainly pick up a People Magazine in the waiting room at my dentist’s office and read all about the new child that Brad and Angelina just adopted, but I rarely ever pick up an actual, legitimate book anymore. Part of it is that I know myself too well. If I like a book, I tend to get so wrapped up in it that I can’t do anything else until I finish it, and then everything around me suffers (including beauty sleep and even my poor children’s meals).
Reading is something we do practically every day. It’s hard to imagine that some individuals aren’t able to read a book simply because it’s not accessible to them. But for those with visual impairments and other disabilities, reading becomes an obstacle when print media are not accessible in specific formats.