Telling their own story: Seven new books by disabled writers

30 November 2021

The Vision Australia Library is proud to announce a number of new books by writers who are blind or have low vision have recently been added to the library collection.

There are also new titles written by prominent disabled writers such as Adam Hills and Kurt Fearnley.

While all the writers tell their own unique stories of their lived experience, the common thread is each one of the writers embracing their differences and the determination to live a life on their own terms.

Writers who are blind or have low vision

Positive vision: Enjoying the adventures and advantages of poor eyesight by Ken Brandt

Poor eyesight never impacted author Ken Brandt's vision of what life could be Whether galloping across the Montana range, exploring claustrophobic (and fiery!) caverns, or taking a plunge from a plane, his adventures are sure to entertain.

Available in DAISY audio

Blindness for Beginners: A renewed vision of the possible by Maribel Steel

Maribel Steel’s heart-warming story is part memoir, part guide. She demystifies what it means to be blind, and provides a unique set of ‘tools’ to enable you to forge ahead with tenacity. By offering a realistic picture of the possible, Blindness for Beginners will help you to adjust emotionally, adapt in practical ways, and enhance your self-confidence.

Available in DAISY audio

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy

This isn’t just about Erik Weihenmayer’s dream to kayak one of the world's great rivers as a blind athlete but also the many people he’s encountered along the way who possess what he calls a “no barriers" mindset and who live a “no barriers” life.

Writers with other disabilities

Pushing the Limits: Life, marathons and Kokoda By Kurt Fearnley and Warwick Green

The boy from Carcoar was raised to believe he could do anything. At fifteen, he won his first medal. Then he conquered the world, winning three Paralympic gold medals, seven world championships and more than 35 marathons. A world-beater in and out of his wheelchair, Kurt is a true champion.

Available in Daisy audio

Say Hello by Carly Findlay

This forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. This is both a moving memoir and a proud manifesto on disability and appearance diversity issues.

Narrated by the author, Say Hello is available in DAISY audio

Late Bloomer: How an autism diagnosis changed my life by Clem Bastow

With wit and warmth, Clem reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person, to working as an entertainment journalist in Hollywood. Along the way she challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people.

Available in DAISY audio

Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills

Adam Hills was a quiet primary school kid with a prosthetic foot who did all his homework and only spoke when spoken to. When he did speak, he made sure he was funny. This charming and witty memoir offers a lesson in following your heart, hard-work, staying positive and discovering that what makes you different also makes you unique

Available in DAISY audio

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