- Article: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions about Neurodiversity
- (The Scientific American, 2019)
- “Our observations about the current landscape of literature for children and teens demonstrate that we are living in a changing, often fraught, world; and that we see young people as a vital part of that world and books as an essential means to help them find understanding, explanation, and affirmation.”
- -CCBC’s Observations on Publishing in 2021
- gender identity
- gender expression
- LGBTQ Families
- Indigenous Own Voices
- Latinx Narratives
- Mental Health
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Article: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions about Neurodiversity
(The Scientific American, 2019)
“There is no one way to be autistic. Some autistic people can speak, and some autistic people need to communicate in other ways. Some autistic people also have intellectual disabilities, and some autistic people don’t. Some autistic people need a lot of help in their day-to-day lives, and some autistic people only need a little help. All of these people are autistic, because there is no right or wrong way to be autistic. All of us experience autism differently, but we all contribute to the world in meaningful ways. We all deserve understanding and acceptance.”ASAN, “About Autism”
Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping autistic people and families.
A few of our favorite books with Neurodiversity representation
“Stories create connections. Share the joy of books and reading with children, and you help them discover that the space between the covers belongs to them but also extends beyond them. During this tumultuous time in which books are being challenged and access is being limited at an unprecedented rate, it’s more important than ever that books telling a wide range of stories and reflecting diverse identities and experiences are available for children and teens. The foundations of literacy and education start early, but with books like these we affirm the value of every child while also building the foundations for empathy and compassion.“
“Our observations about the current landscape of literature for children and teens demonstrate that we are living in a changing, often fraught, world; and that we see young people as a vital part of that world and books as an essential means to help them find understanding, explanation, and affirmation.”
“The CCBC is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature. The CCBC is a noncirculating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature.
The CCBC is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, and receives additional support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction”.
Publisher Shoutout: Lee & Low Books
“Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country. We are also one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the United States, as well as a throwback to what many publishers used to be: independent, generational businesses in which the people running the company have a personal stake in its success.”
Gender identity is how you identify and see yourself. Everyone gets to decide their gender identity for themselves. You may identify as a girl or a boy. If you don’t feel like a boy or a girl, you might identify as agender, genderqueer, nonbinary or just as a person. You may choose not to use any specific term to define your gender identity, or you may use a term today that you decide later doesn’t fit. You have a right to identify however you want, and your identity should be respected.
Regardless of our gender identity and sex assigned at birth, people express their gender in a variety of ways. This includes the way that we talk, our mannerisms, how we interact with others, our clothing, accessories, hairstyles, activities we enjoy, and much more! You should never use a person’s gender expression to guess their gender identity.
Gender attribution describes how your gender is perceived by others. This can change depending on the people you’re around, the country you’re in, or even the time period. For example, although we might consider dresses to be stereotypically feminine, ancient Romans wore dresses or “togas” regardless of their gender, and a man wearing one at that time would be perceived as masculine.
Sex assigned at birth is the sex that the medical community labels a person when they are born. If your gender identity matches the sex assigned to you at birth, then you are cisgender.
For example, if you identify as a girl and you were assigned female at birth, then you are cisgender. People whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth may be transgender.
Where LGBTQ Families Live. The proportion of same-sex couples raising kids tends to be higher in more socially conservative areas of the country where LGBTQ people have come out later in life, and were more likely to have a child with a different-sex partner earlier in life. Overall, the highest proportions of same-sex couples raising children under age 18 reside in Southern, Mountain West, and Midwestern states – areas with the fewest protections for LGBTQ families.
(Gates, Marriage and Family 2015; Gates 2013).
Resources to Expand Your Knowledge
Adoption nondiscrimination laws and policies protect LGBTQ parents and families from discrimination by adoption agencies and officials. Some states permit state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families, including LGBTQ people and same-sex couples, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs.
All states permit joint adoption by married couples. As a result of the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, married same-sex couples throughout the United States are now permitted to marry and are thus permitted to adopt jointly. Additionally, some states have laws, regulations, or agency policies prohibiting discrimination against prospective adoptive parents or families based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, there are several states that have laws that allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people, including married couples.
-MAP dataset, pictured below.
Image from @CFLIC twitter: Increasing access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers since 1976.)
why center disability?
“Disability justice activists, organizers, and cultural workers understand that able- bodied supremacy has been formed in relation to other systems of domination and exploitation. The histories of white supremacy and ableism are inextricably entwined, created in the context of colonial conquest and capitalist domination. One cannot look at the history of US slavery, the stealing of Indigenous lands, and US imperialism without seeing the way that white supremacy uses ableism to create a lesser/“other” group of people that is deemed less worthy/abled/smart/capable.
A single-issue civil rights framework is not enough to explain the full extent of ableism and how it operates in society. We can only truly understand ableism by tracing its connections to heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism. The same oppressive systems that inflicted violence upon Black and brown communities for 500+ years also inflicted 500+ years of violence on bodies and minds deemed outside the norm and therefore “dangerous.”
A disability justice framework understands that:
- All bodies are unique and essential.
- All bodies have strengths and needs that must be met.
- We are powerful, not despite the complexities of our bodies, but because of them.
- All bodies are confined by ability, race, gender, sexuality, class, nation state, religion, and more, and we cannot separate them.”
Why Center Indigenous Voices?
Simon Ortiz, Puebloan writer of the Acoma Pueblo tribe shares his viewpoint on integrating Indigenous voices as well: “It is vastly important and necessary that Native (or Indigenous) American literature be a basic part of high school education for three reasons:
1. Indigenous cultural knowledge is an essential part of the cultural community of the present American world.
2. Land, culture, and community are intrinsically the binding elements of overall cultural connection to the natural landscape of the environment and the world as a whole.
3. The power of the Indigenous voice comes from the cultural connection to the world. Native American literature is an expression of that connection.”
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- The Voices of Power and the Power of Voices: Teaching with Native American Literature
- by Dr. Marlinda White-Kaulaity
- Reflective conversations, publishing information, writer insights & inspiration, bookseller-librarian-teacher appreciation, children’s-YA literature news & author outreach from Muscogee (Creek) author Cynthia Leitich Smith.
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)
- American Indian Library Association
- American Indians in Children’s Literature:
- Established in 2006, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more.
- Humanities Montana Center for the Book- Native American Lit Study Guides
- Small Presses Owned/Operated by People of Color and First/Native Nations
- Denver Art Museum’s Collection of American Indian Art
- “The Map of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before” NPR’s Code Switch
- Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
“The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before” Map created by Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker from Warner, Okla., who has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans. (Full map PDF available from NPR)
Farewell to the Smokies (Trail of Tears)
Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), 2007. Oil paint on wood panel; 36 x 72 in. William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection at the Denver Art Museum, by exchange, 2008.14A-B
“Write with your eyes like painters,
with your ears like musicians,
with your feet like dancers.
You are the truthsayer with quill and torch.
Write with your tongues on fire.”
― Gloria Anzaldua
Why use “Latinx” instead of Hispanic?
Where did the term Latinx originate?
Our favorite Latinx Libros
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
What factors contribute to your mental health?
Is there a connection between racism & mental health?
Most people believe that mental health conditions are rare and “happen to someone else.” In fact, mental health conditions are common and widespread. An estimated 44 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.
Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.
If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help.
To hear personal descriptions of mental illness, visit feelslike.