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10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Ableism

By Chloë Myers and Hank Bersani Jr.

Teachers have started to recognize problems with books that omit the stories of people of color, women, etc. So too, they need to be sensitive to the omission of persons with disability. This exclusion lessens the likelihood that the histories, experiences or feelings of people with disabilities will be discussed in our classrooms. Even negative portrayals of disability can present teachable moments.

2. Do the illustrations promote ableism by addressing disability in stereotyped ways?

3. Does the story line promote ableism?