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dear elia: Letters from the Asian American Abyss

by Mimi Khúc

In dear elia Mimi Khúc revolutionizes how we understand mental health. Khúc traces the contemporary Asian American mental health crisis from the university into the maw of the COVID-19 pandemic, reenvisioning mental health through a pedagogy of unwellness—the recognition that we are all differentially unwell. In an intimate series of letters, she bears witness to Asian American unwellness up close and invites readers to recognize in it the shapes and sources of their own unwellness. Khúc draws linkages between student experience, the Asian immigrant family, the adjunctification of the university, and teaching methods pre- and post-COVID-19 to illuminate hidden roots of our collective unwellness: shared investments in compulsory wellness and meritocracy. She reveals the university as a central node and engine of unwellness and argues that we can no longer do Asian American studies without Asian American mental health—and vice versa. Interspersed throughout the book are reflective activities, including original tarot cards, that enact the very pedagogy Khúc advances, offering readers alternative ways of being that divest from structures of unwellness and open new possibilities for collective care.

Devout: A Memoir of Doubt

by Anna Gazmarian

&“This moving memoir is always attuned to the possibilities of community and spiritual sustenance, even as it refuses to efface the struggles at its core—believing that this struggle, too, can be a thing of beauty.&” —Leslie Jamison, author of The RecoveringIn this revelatory memoir, Anna Gazmarian tells the story of how her evangelical upbringing in North Carolina failed to help her understand the mental health diagnosis she received, and the work she had to do to find proper medical treatment while also maintaining her faith. When Anna is diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, she&’s faced with a conundrum: while the diagnosis provides clarity about her manic and depressive episodes, she must confront the stigma that her evangelical community attaches to her condition. Over the course of ten years, we follow Anna on her journey to reframe her understanding of mental health to expand the limits of what her religious practice can offer. In Devout: A Memoir of Doubt, Anna shows that the pursuing our emotional health and our spiritual well-being is one single mission and, in both cases, an act of faith.

A Different View of Curriculum and Assessment for Severe, Complex and Profound Learning Disabilities (Connecting Research with Practice in Special and Inclusive Education)

by Peter Imray Lila Kossyvaki Mike Sissons

A Different View of Curriculum and Assessment links a theoretical pedagogical model with a sympathetic practical model of curriculum and assessment difference for those with PMLD, CLD and SLD. Split into two parts, this accessible resource combines theoretical explanations with first-hand accounts of how this works in educational establishments, through the analysis of evidence-based practice carried out in a number of English special (specialist) schools. The expert authors challenge the notion that a national, or common core standards, curriculum, however expertly differentiated, is fit-for-purpose for the PMLD, CLD and SLD populations in any country. A Different View offers cogent and reasoned arguments for considering that irrespective of age, such learners learn differently to their neuro-typical, conventionally developing peers. If they learn differently, this book shows how we should be teaching them differently. Reflecting the centrality of process over product, this book will clearly explain how each individual learner might be enabled and facilitated to become the best they can be and do the best they can do, in order to fully realise their potential as equal and independent citizens.

Digital Media as Ambient Therapy: The Ecological Self between Resonance and Alienation (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture)

by Francis Russell

Digital Media as Ambient Therapy explores the ways “mental illness” can emerge from our relationships (with ourselves, others, and the world), to address the concern around what kind of relationality is conducive for “mental health” and what role digital technologies can play in fostering such relationality.Exploring the rise of ambient—that is to say, ubiquitous, surrounding, and environmental—technologies and their impact on our understanding of “mental health,” sanity, and therapy, this book critically examines the work of influential contemporary social theorists such as Hartmut Rosa and investigates case studies that reveal new modes of digitally mediated intimacy and attention, such as ASMR and QAnon. It also poses the question of what “mental health” and “mental illness” mean for subjects increasingly faced with a maddening sense of interconnectedness.This book offers new perspectives for academics and postgraduates interested in critical discussions of alienation, digital technology, and contemporary social theory.

Disability as Diversity in India: Theory, Practice, and Lived Experience

by Christopher J. Johnstone Misa Kayama Sandhya Limaye

This book critically analyses diverse experiences related to disability in India. Drawing upon intersectionality theory, it explores a range of issues regarding everyday experiences of disability in relation to gender, religion, social experiences, and India’s neoliberal economy and its built environment. From theoretical to deeply personal, this book discusses themes like invisible disability and identity; women with disabilities in India; bodily frustrations and cultural stigma; emotional stability and self-esteem of children with disabilities; neurodiversity and queerness; and overcoming the barriers. It also emphasizes the impact of the writings of women with disabilities on their personal experiences. The volume discusses perspectives and practices of schooling, curricular transactions, and inclusive education that have evolved for children who are deaf in India.Conversational and interdisciplinary, this book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of disability studies, social care, mental health, social psychology, gender studies, social work, and special education.

Disability Duplicity and the Formative Cultural Identity Politics of Generation X (Autocritical Disability Studies)

by David Bolt

Disability is history and futurity, culture and society, practice and theory, work and play, an immense desire for life by which body and mind are dragged kicking and screaming into each and every new day. Using autocritical discourse analysis, a new hybrid research method that combines aspects of the established methods of critical discourse analysis (CDA) and autoethnography, this book explores the formative cultural identity politics of disability via cultural stations of UK popular culture. These cultural stations include action figures, children’s books, television miniseries, comics, comedy films, teenage drama and sitcoms, the punk rock movement, and alternative comedy. Although the cultural stations range from toys and comics to aggressive music and chaotic sitcoms, all are considered with a focus on the language and tropes of disability. Indeed, most of the works are not remembered as portrayals of disability but the book’s analysis reveals flash if not fleeting representations that, when centralised, clarify patterns of duplicity. Via the language of power, and the power of language, all these texts are found to have contributed to the formative cultural identity politics of disability. It will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies, sociology, toy studies, comic studies, humour studies, television studies, popular music studies, gender studies, literary studies, and cultural studies.

Disability, Happiness and the Welfare State: Finland and the Nordic Model (Interdisciplinary Disability Studies)

by Hisayo Katsui Matti T. Laitinen

This book looks at disability as an evolving social phenomenon. Disability is created through the interaction between persons with impairments and their environment.Exploring these experiences of persons with disabilities and discussing universality and particularity in our understanding of assumed development and normalcy, it takes Finland, which has been chosen repeatedly as the happiest country in the world as its case- study. Using disability as a critical lens helps to demystify Finland that has the positive reputation of a Welfare State. By identifying different kinds of discrimination against persons with disabilities as well as successful examples of disability inclusion, it shows that when looking Finland from the perspective of persons with disabilities, inequality and poverty have been collective experiences of too many of them.It will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies, sociology, social policy, social work, political science, health and well-being studies and Nordic studies more broadly.The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

Disability in the Family: Guidance for Professionals from Parents and Guardians

by Barbara Boroson

This insightful guide shows professionals how to collaborate with parents and guardians of children with disabilities in empathic, respectful, knowledgeable, and supportive ways. Packed with first-hand accounts and advice from parents and guardians, this book shines a light on lived experiences and reveals paths toward meeting families where they are in order to move forward together. Boroson emphasizes that appreciating the real needs of these families is a crucial step beyond mere adherence to a generic set of professional best practices or principles. Whether working in the field of medicine, education, law, mental health, or related services—in any capacity—readers will come away with the holistic knowledge, inclusive language, productive strategies, and differentiated understanding needed to work effectively with the diverse families they serve. Included is a robust array of resources for families, such as books, articles, associations, organizations, and support networks, along with a website for additional, up-to-date resources.

Disability Intimacy: Essays on Love, Care, and Desire

by Edited by Alice Wong

The much-anticipated follow up to the groundbreaking anthology Disability Visibility: another revolutionary collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience, and intimacy in all its myriad forms.What is intimacy? More than sex, more than romantic love, the pieces in this stunning and illuminating new anthology offer broader and more inclusive definitions of what it can mean to be intimate with another person. Explorations of caregiving, community, access, and friendship offer us alternative ways of thinking about the connections we form with others—a vital reimagining in an era when forced physical distance is at times a necessary norm. But don't worry: there's still sex to consider—and the numerous ways sexual liberation intersects with disability justice. Plunge between these pages and you'll also find disabled sexual discovery, disabled love stories, and disabled joy. These twenty-five stunning original pieces—plus other modern classics on the subject, all carefully curated by acclaimed activist Alice Wong—include essays, photo essays, poetry, drama, and erotica: a full spectrum of the dreams, fantasies, and deeply personal realities of a wide range of beautiful bodies and minds. Disability Intimacy will free your thinking, invigorate your spirit, and delight your desires.

Disability, Sexuality, and Gender in Asia: Intersectionality, Human Rights, and the Law

by Wanhong Zhang, Elisabeth Perioli Bjørnstøl, Peng Ding, Wei Gao, Hanxu Liu and Yijun Liu

This book introduces experiential knowledge of the intersectionality of disability, sexuality, and gender equality issues. Scholars and disabled persons’ organizations in different Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, and Japan have contributed to the book. It is a preliminary introduction of the frontline practice of Asian disability activism and the experience of women and LGBTIQ people with disabilities. It presents the direct participation of disability advocates in mapping how both women with disabilities and LGBTIQ individuals with disabilities realize their rights such as identity, work rights, personal safety, and sexual rights. Studies presented here explore the experience of empowering diverse disability groups and advocating for equality and non-discrimination. It explains how to use the leverage of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for further human rights campaigns in a broader context for disadvantaged groups. This collection is the product of a participatory research project, which aims to increase the capabilities of local disabled persons’ organizations and NGOs in utilizing human rights laws and encourage dialogue and collaboration between academia, people with disabilities, and human rights advocates. It will be essential reading for academics, researchers, policy-makers, and campaign groups.

Disability Worlds

by Faye Ginsburg Rayna Rapp

In Disability Worlds, Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp chronicle and theorize two decades of immersion in New York City’s wide-ranging disability worlds as parents, activists, anthropologists, and disability studies scholars. They situate their disabled children’s lives among the experiences of advocates, families, experts, activists, and artists in larger struggles for recognition and rights. Disability consciousness, they show, emerges in everyday politics, practices, and frictions. Chapters consider dilemmas of genetic testing and neuroscientific research, reimagining kinship and community, the challenges of “special education,” and the perils of transitioning from high school. They also highlight the vitality of neurodiversity activism, disability arts, politics, and public culture. Disability Worlds reflects the authors’ anthropological commitments to recognizing the significance of this fundamental form of human difference. Ginsburg and Rapp’s conversations with diverse New Yorkers reveal the bureaucratic constraints and paradoxes established in response to the disability rights movement, as well as the remarkable creativity of disabled people and their allies who are opening pathways into both disability justice and disability futures.

The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art

by Ann Millett-Gallant

The second edition offers an essential update to the foundational first edition, The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art. Featuring updated chapters and case studies, this second edition will not only expand on the first edition but will bring a new focus to contemporary disabled artists and their embodied, multimedia work.

Disabled Ecologies: Lessons from a Wounded Desert

by Sunaura Taylor

A powerful analysis and call to action that reveals disability as one of the defining features of environmental devastation and resistance. Deep below the ground in Tucson, Arizona, lies an aquifer forever altered by the detritus of a postwar Superfund site. Disabled Ecologies tells the story of this contamination and its ripple effects through the largely Mexican American community living above. Drawing on her own complex relationship to this long-ago injured landscape, Sunaura Taylor takes us with her to follow the site's disabled ecology—the networks of disability, both human and wild, that are created when ecosystems are corrupted and profoundly altered. What Taylor finds is a story of entanglements that reach far beyond the Sonoran Desert. These stories tell of debilitating and sometimes life-ending injuries, but they also map out alternative modes of connection, solidarity, and resistance—an environmentalism of the injured. An original and deeply personal reflection on what disability means in an era of increasing multispecies disablement, Disabled Ecologies is a powerful call to reflect on the kinds of care, treatment, and assistance this age of disability requires.

The Discourse of Disability: Indian Perspectives

by Vivek Singh

This book explores the concept of disability through a social, political, cultural, religious, and economics lens. It challenges the categorization of ‘physically-disabled’ produced by way of legal, medical, political, cultural, and literary narratives that comprise an exclusionary discourse.The volume discusses themes like disability and identity politics; disability and the western epistemology; disability in India; disability and the Indian English fiction and Hindi cinema to question the embodied hegemony of ‘norms’ and their effects in the construction and history of societies. It analyses select literary and cinematic texts like Trying to Grow, Fireproof, and Animal’s People; and movies, Black and Lafangey Parindey to critically examine the representation of disabled people as freak, monstrous and animal. The book also makes policy recommendations for inclusive education and work norms for disabled people.This book will be beneficial for scholars and researchers of disability studies, cultural studies, film studies, and English literature.

Disruptive Stories: Amplifying Voices from the Writing Center Margins

by Elizabeth Kleinfeld Sohui Lee Julie Prebel

Disruptive Stories uses an activist editing method to select and publish authors that have been marginalized in scholarly conversations and enrich the understanding of lived writing center experiences that have been underrepresented in writing center scholarship. These chapters explore how marginality affects writing centers, the people who work in them, and the scholarship generated from them by examining the consequences—both positive and negative—of marginalization through a mix of narratives and research. Contributors provide unique perspectives ranging across status, role, nationality, race, and ability. While US tenure-track writing center administrators (WCAs) do not make up the majority of those who hold WCA positions in writing centers, they are more likely to be the storytellers of the writing center grand narrative. They publish more, present more conference papers, edit more journals, and participate more in organizational leadership. This collection complicates that narrative by adding marginalized voices and experiences in three thematic categories: structural marginalization, globalization and marginalization, and embodied marginalization. Disruptive Stories spurs further conversations about ways to improve the review process in writing center scholarship so that it more accurately reflects the growing diversity of its administrators and practitioners.

Domestic Abuse Safety Planning with Young Children: A Professional Guide (Safety Planning with Young Children)

by Catherine Lawler

This guidebook is an essential companion to the Pilgrim’s Bumpy Flight story and is designed to be read by professionals to ensure the effective and safe use of the storybook. Pilgrims Bumpy Flight has been created to help young children aged 5–7 experiencing domestic abuse, to explore the concepts of physical and emotional safety. Safety planning with a child offers a way to help them vocalise their feelings and understand what to do when something does not feel right. The professional guide will help supporting adults facilitate safety planning that is experienced as emphatically curious, safe and where the child’s opinion matters. It provides up-to-date information on domestic abuse, childhood trauma, practice tips and how to complete a safety plan with a young child using the storybook as the key vessel of communication and exploration. Key features include: • Accessible information about domestic abuse and coercive control based on the latest research. • Guidance around direct work and safety planning with young children. • Practical activities building off Pilgrim’s story, including printable material. • Things to consider and ways to use the storybook to facilitate a conversation with a child, as well as page-by-page helpers notes on the narrative. • A comprehensive list of helplines and organisations in place to support adult victims/survivors of domestic abuse. Used alongside the storybook, this professional guide is a crucial tool for the early years sector, education staff and those working in children’s services, including safeguarding officers, family support workers, social workers and children’s IDVAs. Both books should be used in tandem with agency policy, procedure and guidance.

Educating and Supporting Autistic Girls: A Resource for Mainstream Education and Health Professionals

by Victoria Honeybourne

Autistic girls, especially those educated in mainstream environments, have often been missed or misdiagnosed. There is now, however, greater awareness of how autism can present in females, why these girls can remain ‘invisible’, and what education and health professionals can do to provide better support. Fully revised and updated, this practical book shines a light on the insights, opinions and experiences of autistic girls and women, providing a rich insight into school life from an autistic perspective. It explores the difficulties and disadvantages that autistic girls can face in educational settings and offers guidance on how to best support them, with a wealth of strategies reflecting good practice in the field of autism and education. The resource also contains a broad range of worksheets and activities on key issues and includes new sections on anxiety, masking, home life, social media, gender and sexual identity. Key features include: A wealth of case studies to illustrate different topics Guidance on best practice when working with autistic girls New audits to help staff and pupils to identify strengths and areas to improve Easy-to-implement strategies and tips to help professionals adapt to environments and policies for autistic students Activities and resources for young autistic females to support them in developing self-awareness, coping strategies and learning skills With the voices of autistic girls and young women woven throughout, drawing upon their experiences of education – from learning and communication, to friendships, transitions and interpreting the world – this is an essential resource for education and health professionals working with autistic girls, particularly in mainstream environments.

Educational Management and Special Educational Needs

by Tatiana A. Solovyova Anna A. Arinushkina Ekaterina A. Kochetova

This book systematizes the latest findings on the clinical, psychological, and pedagogical features of today’s children with special educational needs (SEN) and expands the scientific understanding that characterizes such children. The book develops a system of education and assistance for children with SEN, including children with locomotor disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and hearing and visual impairments. The book is intended for heads of educational authorities, parents, specialists working with children with special educational needs, psychologists, teachers, methodologists, specialists in the field of inclusive education, and students and teachers in special education of pedagogical and psychological departments of higher education institutions.

Ellie Haycock Is Totally Normal

by Gretchen Schreiber

The Breakfast Club meets Five Feet Apart in this big-hearted novel from debut author Gretchen Schreiber.Ellie Haycock has always separated her life into sections: Ellie at home and Ellie at the hospital. At home, Ellie is a proud member of her high school’s speech and debate team alongside her best friend and her boyfriend. At the hospital, Ellie has a team of doctors and a mom who won’t stop posting about the details of her illness online. It’s not hard for Ellie to choose which of the two she prefers.But this latest hospital stay is different. Ellie becomes close with a group of friends, including Ryan, a first-timer who’s still optimistic about the doctors that Ellie stopped trusting years ago. Despite their differences, she can’t seem to keep him out of her head. Ellie’s life has never been ordinary—but maybe this time it will be extraordinary.

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings

by Christine Fonseca

Teaching children how to manage their intense emotions is one of the most difficult aspects of parenting or educating gifted children. Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students is an indispensable resource for parents and educators seeking to understand why gifted children can be so extreme in their behavior and how to manage the highs and lows that accompany emotional intensity. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, this revised and updated third edition pulls from contemporary research to depict changes in how we understand and support gifted children as well as an increased understanding of trauma, social-emotional learning, and empathy development. Chapters feature role-plays and strategies designed to show parents and teachers how to interact and guide gifted children in a way that teaches them how to recognize, monitor, and adjust their behavior. Also featuring updated resources, worksheets, and checklists, this practical new edition is a must-read for anyone wishing to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of gifted children.

The Emotional Literacy Toolkit for ADHD: Strategies for Better Emotional Regulation and Peer Relationships in Children and Teens

by Sonia Ali

Challenges with emotional regulation and rejection sensitivity can disproportionately affect children and teens with ADHD, impacting on their development at school and their relationship with their peers.Developed for children and young people who experience difficulties with emotional regulation, SEND specialist Sonia Ali, shares a mentoring Intervention programme to support a child or young person with this issue at school or at home. Covering concepts like the fight, flight or freeze response and the 'Window of Tolerance', managing anger outbursts and overwhelm or navigating conflict with peers, this easily digestible book will help educators and carers support children and teens to develop core emotional literacy skills in an enjoyable way!This accessible, step-by-step guide is packed with activities, including role-play situations, discussion-based statements, quizzes and more. The programme can be followed sequentially or 'dipped into' to support a child with a particular issue when relevant.

Empowering EAL Learners in Secondary Schools: A Practical Resource to Support the Language Development of Multilingual Learners

by Joanna Kolota

One in five students are identified as speaking English as an Additional Language (EAL) and all teachers are highly likely to be teaching multilingual students in their classrooms. As our schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse, they must respond to the needs of the students in front of them, and this book provides a range of strategies and resources to ensure teaching is adaptive and responsive so that all learners thrive and fulfil their academic potential.At the heart of the book is developing an understanding of how languages are acquired and an awareness that all students, regardless of their current English language proficiency, need to be offered a challenging and supportive environment. Chapters offer: High-yielding, practical approaches and strategies to ensure that students are able to access content-appropriate lessons and simultaneously develop their language A plethora of resources and step-by-step examples, showcasing how explicit vocabulary and grammar learning can be context-based for the benefit of all learners Each teacher is positioned as a language teacher, with the responsibility of planning sessions where language is not perceived as an add-on, but as an integral and pivotal part. This book will empower you as an educator and ensure that your classroom is a language-aware and stimulating environment for your students. It will be essential reading for all secondary school educators and teaching assistants who support EAL students in mainstream lessons and are responsible for producing resources and implementing classroom strategies.

Enhancing the Role of Deaf Faculty Members in Higher Education: An International Comparison

by Manako Yabe

This book is based on an international, mixed methods research project that conducted interviews with 25 deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) faculty members from mainstream universities and 19 university students who took classes taught by DHH faculty members and collected surveys from 57 DHH faculty members and 104 university students worldwide. The author reports on their experiences of accessibility at their institutions and makes recommendations based on the findings. The book will serve as a user guide or supplemental text for DHH faculty members, researchers, students, and academic interpreters, as well as university administrators and disability service directors who are looking to improve disability provision at their institutions.

Everyday Ways to Connect with Your Adopted or Fostered Child: Over 200 Quick and Simple Ways to Build Relationships and Open Conversations

by Fiona Biggar

This indispensable guide has over 200 simple, easy to implement therapeutic parenting activities which you can easily build into everyday life. Starting with a simple explanation of therapeutic parenting and how to do it, it provides a host of strategies and activities to help tackle common challenges faced by families affected by trauma. This includes improving communication and relationships, lessening conflict, building confidence, creating structure and routine, and handling big emotions. The activities range from short daily check-ins to reinforce attachment through to creative therapeutic activities. The ideas in this book will help create an environment of acceptance, safety, and respect, and enable you and your child to build a stronger, more connected relationship.

Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child: Your Guide to the Essential Systems, Services, and Supports

by Kelley Coleman

The honest, relatable, actionable roadmap to the practicalities of parenting a disabled child, featuring personal stories, expert interviews, and the foundational information parents need to know about topics including diagnosis, school, doctors, insurance, financial planning, disability rights, and what life looks like as a parent caregiver. For parents of disabled children, navigating the systems, services, and supports is a daunting, and often overwhelming, task. No one explains to parents how to figure out the complex medical, educational, and social service systems essential to their child&’s success. Over and over, parents are being asked to reinvent the exact same wheels. According to the CDC, &“Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.&” That&’s 1 in 33. There&’s no handbook for how to do this. Until now. Presented with empathy and humor, Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child: Your Guide to the Essential Systems, Services, and Supports gives parents the tools to conquer the stuff, so that they can spend less time filling out forms, and more time loving their children exactly as they are. With over a decade of experience navigating these systems for her own child, author Kelley Coleman presents key information, templates, and wisdom alongside practical advice from over 40 experts, covering topics such as diagnosis, working with your medical team, insurance, financial planning, disability rights and advocacy, and individualized education plans. Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child gives parents the tools they need to stop wasting unnecessary time, money, and stress. If you need to know how to actually do the things, this book is for you.

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