Weekend Reads: Developmental Disability Awareness and Resources


It’s time for another edition of Weekend Reads!

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) work with partners to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. For more information on

In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Month, the SLN has put together a list of resources and reads for you below. Explore more resources and tools on SiblingLeadership.org.

The Guardian | My brilliant brother has Down’s syndrome. Is it wrong to fear getting pregnant myself?

“My brother is no mistake, and nor are the lives my parents have led. They are, rather, an unbelievable achievement in a society that offered them only paltry support. In no way do I want to be misunderstood, and nor do I want to provide any fuel to a world already intent on eliminating anything that is different. And this is why I kept my burden to myself for so long: the feeling that my life would be over if I gave birth to a child with a disability.“-Dunja Batarilo takes readers on her three-year journey to reconcile her desires to have children and fear of having a disabled child.

Read the full article.

The Schneider Family Book Award Recipients

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Visit the American Library Association’s website to see the full list of award winners.


  • Barrier Free Futures – Radio program reflecting health, home/community living, arts/entertainment, legislation, technology, sports and recreation, education and employment activities, events and resources affecting persons with disabilities from a wide range of ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • BoggsCast, a podcast by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Disability Visibility – a podcast hosted by Alice Wong featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with disabled people.
  • Disarming Disability – The podcast’s mission is to powerfully deconstruct disability through candid conversations with experts exploring topics related to disability. The podcast looks to educate, empower, voice, and build a more inclusive society.
  • Down to the Struts – Qudsiya Naqui is a lawyer and activist living in Washington DC. She identifies as a blind, South Asian woman, and is dedicated to making spaces and systems more inclusive of disabled people through public education, storytelling, and amplifying the voices of disabled people.
  • Included: The Disability Equity Podcast – A podcast from the Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center that challenges stereotypes of disability by sharing stories, data, and news.
  • The Accessible Stall – podcast by Emily Ladau and Kyle Khachadurian. This podcast keeps it real about issues within the disability community.
  • The Sibling Leadership Network Podcast – podcast hosted by Chris Berstler centered around the experience of being a sibling of a person with disabilities and provide siblings the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters.

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