One of our BC SRC Content Creators, Linda Youmans from Okanagan Regional Library, generously agreed to share some amazing booklists for kids with diversabilities. Linda created these booklists as part of the Diversability* Project.
Here’s more from Linda:
This is a project that I was asked to work on after I became the Community Liaison for the Learning Disability Association of B.C. and a Council member on the Community Living B.C. Council. You see, my son has autism and my daughter has training as CEA. I created the Service Provider list based on what categories that I would use as a parent. I got help from all our communities, the KCR and other sources. The booklists were done because I always get book suggestions from parents and thought I would add lots of new books to the collection. They have been sent across the province to all 60 service providers, 8 school districts, are on the CLBC , LDABC and now on the Division of Family Practice doctor’s and patients’ website – FETCH and PATHWAYS. In addition, Interior Health has received funding to make their own booklets and are distributing them to all of their clinics. Other organizations using them include WorkBC and MCYSN (Ministry for Children and Youth with Special Needs). I am happy to say they are also available on our website either through www.orl.bc under Kids and Teens, then Parents and Educators, or in the box with “Featured Services”. In addition, we are giving out ½ page handouts to branches with the links on them.
As a parent of a child with autism, it has been so hard, so I know their struggles. My son and I are now doing presentations at Okanagan College on his autism and my booklists, and I am in charge of self-advocate presentations for CLBC and will be planning those as well. This project took 2 years to do but it is well worthwhile. So, so, so many people have been helped — it just warms my heart!!!
Here is the Teen List: https://indd.adobe.com/view/6ca7d89d-a587-443c-895a-c46a7eee49c8
Here is the Children’s List: https://indd.adobe.com/view/992c84f3-8de5-478b-81aa-5ec6aa5efddf
Here is the Service Provider list: https://indd.adobe.com/view/c6890573-d3ac-41c5-9a7c-9878472371c1
These lists will also be available on the BC SRC Booklists page: https://kidssrc.libraries.coop/themes/book-lists/ and under About Us > Inclusion and Accessibility > Diversability Project Booklists: https://kidssrc.libraries.coop/themes/book-lists/diversability-project-booklists/
“The word “disabilities” is associated with the past and people’s negative experiences with institutions. I am looking to change the word to “diversabilities” because these institutions are now closed and I want to focus instead on the abilities of people now and in the future. People with diversabilities do not want to be a burden to society, but instead want to be contributors and participants in society.” Shelley DeCoste, self-advocate and CLBC Employee who successfully had the word “disabilities” changed to “diversabilities” in British Columbia.