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Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • Alex Is My Friend by Marisabina Russo Greenwillow, 1992
  • Arnie and the New Kid by Nancy Carlson Viking, 1990
  • Friends in the Park by Rochelle Bunnett Checkerboard, 1993
  • My Brother Matthew by Mary Thompson Woodbine, 1992
  • We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight Checkerboard, 1992

Ages 8 to 12

  • The Acorn People by Ron Jones Bantam, 1996
  • The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco Philomel, 1993
  • Living With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs by Donald Joseph Meyer and Patricia Vadasy 2nd rev. ed. University of Washington Press, 1996
  • My Name Is Not Slow: Youth with Mental Retardation by Autumn Libal Mason Crest, 2004
  • Oh Brother! Growing Up With a Special Needs Sibling by Natalie Hale Magination Press, 2004
  • Radiance Descending by Paula Fox DK Ink, 1997
  • Special Brothers and Sisters: Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children with a Disability or Serious Illness by Annette Hames Jessica Kingsley, 2005.
  • The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg Aladdin, 1997
  • Views From Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs by Donald J. Meyer Woodbine House, 1997
  • Welcome Home, Jellybean by Marlene Shyer Econo-Clad Books, 1999

Young Adult

  • Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs by Kate Strohm Shambhala, 2005

Books for Adults

  • A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed by Linda Wilmshurts and Alan Brue AMACOM, 2005
  • After Your Child's Diagnosis: A Practical Guide for Families Raising Children With Disabilities by Cathy Lynn Binstock E M Press, 1997
  • Children With Disabilities edited by Mark L. Batshaw Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2007
  • Developing Personal Safety Skills in Children With Disabilities by Freda Briggs Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2002
  • Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs Through the Transition From School to Adult Life: Tools for Parents by Mary Korpi Jessica Kingsley, 2007
  • Just Say Know! Understanding and Reducing the Risk of Sexual Victimization of People with Development Disabilities by Dave Hingsburger Diverse City Press, 1995
  • Sexuality: You Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities by Karin M. Schwier Paul H. Brooks Co, 2000
  • Simple Successes: From Obstacles to Solutions with Special Needs Children by Rachelle Zola Outskirts Press, 2006
  • Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child’s Education by Rich Weinfeld Prufrock Press, 2008
  • Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs by Bruce L. Baker and Alan J. Brightman with Jan B. Blacher, Louis J. Heifetz, Stephen P. Hinshaw, and Diane Murphy Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 1997
  • Strengthening Relationships When Our Children Have Special Needs by Nick Martin Future Horizons, 2004
  • Understanding Mental Retardation by Patricia Ainsworth and Pamela Baker University Press of Mississippi, 2004
  • When Your Child Has a Disability: The Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care by Mark Batshaw 2nd ed. Paul Brookes, 2001

Other Resources

American Association on Mental Retardation
444 N Capitol St. NW Suite 846
Washington, DC 20001

1010 Wayne Ave., Ste. 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910

National Down Syndrome Congress
7000 Peach Tree-Dunwoody Rd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30328

National Fragile X Foundation of the USA
PO Box 190488
San Francisco, CA 94119

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
PO Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013

Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04

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