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Handy Topics in the Curriculum Department

Looking for a certain theme for items in the various collections in the Curriculum Department? Start here!

This Handy Topic...

will help you locate the different books featuring disabilities, neurodiversity, and chronic health issues in the Juvenile Literature collection.  Just click on a name to go to the record!

Below, you will find links to additional Handy Topics that may be of interest!

A word about this page

The titles on this page all come from the Juvenile Literature collection of the Calvin T. Ryan Library.  This collection is both current and historical.  As such, some of these works use terms and descriptions that are now recognized as offensive.  Inclusion on this page does not condone the use of these archaic terms and descriptions.

A little information about...

Some books are very specific about the type of disability, neurodiversity, or chronic health discussed. 

Other books, it may be more difficult to determine, either because the book doesn't really specify or because the various resources used to compile these lists do not include that information.

Books that fall into this latter category are placed in general topics such as "Disabilities", "Intellectual Disabilities", "Learning Disabilities", "Neurodiversity", or "Chronic Health" categories.

If you see a title on one of these lists and you know a more specific category it can go in, please email us

Please note, this page does not include every physical or mental illness represented in the children's books in our collection (reminder...all of our books are in the catalog).  If there is a topic or specific title that you feel should be included on this page, please email us about that as well!

Thank you for the help!

Topics on this page:

Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Blindness and other Visual Impairments

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D/deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Gaucher disease


Limb Difference and Limb Loss

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Mandibulofacial Dysostosis

Mobility Differences

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SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency)


Turner Syndrome