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Disability Employment Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM recognizes the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive workforce. We've created this playlist with help from our publishing partners for this important month.

Playlist Tags: genre: Perspectives on Disability disabilities topic: business topic: disability

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Unleash Different

Achieving Business Success Through Disability

By Rich Donovan
Narrated by: Braden Wright
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

If you discovered a new market comprising 53% of the world’s population, would you act to invest in it?


There are 1.3 billion people around the world who identify as having a disability. When you include friends and family, the disability market touches 53% of all consumers. It is the world’s largest emerging market.


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About Us

Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times

By Peter Catapano & Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross & Coleen Marlo
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

Boldly claiming a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are—not as others perceive them—About Us captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking not only to those with disabilities, but also to their families, coworkers, and support networks, the authors in... Read more »

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The Power of Different

The Link Between Disorder and Genius

By Gail Saltz, M.D.
Narrated by: Gail Saltz, M.D.
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

A powerful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities,” revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths.

In The Power of Different, psychiatrist and bestselling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific...

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This Boy We Made

A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown

By Taylor Harris
Narrated by: Iesha Nyree
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

A Black mother bumps up against the limits of everything she thought she believed—about science and medicine, about motherhood, and about her faith—in search of the truth about her son.

One morning, Tophs, Taylor Harris’s round-cheeked, lively twenty-two-month-old, wakes up listless, only lifting his head to gulp down water. She rushes Tophs to...

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Normal Sucks

How to Live, Learn, and Thrive, Outside the Lines

By Jonathan Mooney
Narrated by: Jonathan Mooney
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

This program is read by the author.

Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

Jonathan Mooney blends anecdote, expertise, and memoir to present a new mode of...

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Ain’t That A Mother

Postpartum, Palsy, and Everything in Between

By Adiba Nelson
Narrated by: Adiba Nelson
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes

From pasties to postpartum and everything in between

No one said motherhood would be easy. For Adiba Nelson, the journey to parenthood started with a big bang and continues with a breakdown (or two) and several “why?” questions for God.

Witty and bold, Afro-Latina Adiba grew up in survival mode. Her sometimes complicated relationship with her...

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NeuroTribes

The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

By Steve Silberman
Narrated by: William Hughes
Length: 18 hours 46 minutes

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who...

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Care Work

Dreaming Disability Justice

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award–winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for... Read more »

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A Face for Picasso

Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome

By Ariel Henley
Narrated by: Ariel Henley
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

There was danger in the kind of beauty I was desperate to achieve. At only eight months old, identical twin sisters Ariel and Zan Henley were diagnosed with Crouzon syndrome—a rare condition where the bones in the head fuse prematurely. They were the first twins known to survive it. Growing up, Ariel and her sister endured numerous medical... Read more »

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Traumatized

Identify, Understand, and Cope with PTSD and Emotional Stress

By Kati Morton
Narrated by: Kati Morton
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

We hear the terms trauma and PTSD more and more. Yet many people still believe that trauma can only result from experiences that are particularly extreme. But trauma is an emotional response that can stem from a wide variety of upsetting experiences, leaving us feeling anxious, weighed down by negative emotions or memories, or feeling like we... Read more »

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The Pretty One

On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

By Keah Brown
Narrated by: Keah Brown
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire... Read more »

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Being Seen

One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

By Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by: Elsa Sjunneson
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

A deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.

As a deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of... Read more »

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A Life of Service

The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth

By Christina Soontornvat
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 21 minutes

"Given Tammy Duckworth’s personal heroism as an Army veteran, her stunning recovery from injuries sustained in the line of duty, and her subsequent career as an influential US senator, it’s easy to see why Joe Biden earmarked her as a possible running mate during his Democratic presidential campaign. Senator Duckworth has logged a long list of... Read more »

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Ableism in Education

Rethinking School Practices and Policies

By Gillian Parekh
Narrated by: Chloe Dolandis
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

How we organize children by ability in schools is often rooted in ableism.

Ability is so central to schooling—where we explicitly and continuously shape, assess, measure, and report on students' abilities—that ability-based decisions often appear logical and natural. However, how schools respond to ability results in very real, lifelong social... Read more »

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The Price of Silence

A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness

By Liza Long
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

Liza Long is the mother of a child with an undiagnosed mental disorder. When she heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, her first thought was, "What if my son does that someday?" She wrote an emotional response to the tragedy, which the Boise State University online journal posted as "I Am Adam Lanza's...

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The Illness Narratives

Suffering, Healing, And The Human Condition

By Arthur Kleinman
Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

From one of America's most celebrated psychiatrists, the book that has taught generations of healers why healing the sick is about more than just diagnosing their illness.

Modern medicine treats sick patients like broken machines -- figure out what is physically wrong, fix it, and send the patient on their way. But humans are not machines. When... Read more »

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You Are Not Alone

The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health?With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families

By Ken Duckworth, MD
Narrated by: Ken Duckworth, MD & Tim Fannon
Length: 13 hours 58 minutes

Written with authority and compassion, this is the essential resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, featuring inspiring, true stories from real people in their own words. Millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness every year. The Covid-19 pandemic not only... Read more »

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Uncommon Voyage

Parenting Children with Special Needs; A Guidebook

By Laura Shapiro Kramer
Narrated by: Laura Shapiro Kramer
Length: 5 hours 14 minutes

In 1984, when he was ten months old, Laura’s son Seth was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Suddenly the direction of Laura’s life changed. She embarked on a journey to improve the quality of Seth’s life, plunging into a world that lacked today’s information-rich internet to get everything she could for Seth—at first within the mainstream and later...

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Jabberwocky

Lessons of Love from a Boy Who Never Spoke

By Steven Gardner
Narrated by: Scott Wallace
Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

”This is a holy book” —Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Graham Hale Gardner died before turning twenty-three and never learned to walk or speak due to severe cerebral palsy complicated by epilepsy. Yet he left a legacy of love and compassion that deeply moved scores of people from widely different backgrounds.

How was that possible?

Graham’s story, written...

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The Story of My Life

By Helen Keller
Narrated by: Amy J. Johnson
Length: 16 hours 51 minutes

This inspiring autobiography by Helen Keller is an account of her life from her family history up to her last years of college, supplemented by her personal letters from age seven to twenty-one. This edition includes letters and reports contributed by her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and the editor, John Albert Macy.

Not only does her story...

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