Welcome back to the blog! A key part of making a measurable difference in our clients’ lives is raising community awareness and acceptance. One great way to do this is to share stories of medically complex people, and how they are just like their peers in so many ways. Out of My Mind does a great job at sharing this perspective.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper tells the story of Melody, a preteen with cerebral palsy. Even though she can’t move or speak, her bubbly personality shines through. Getting an electronic speech board frees her from alphabet repetition and unlocks the possibility of friendships with peers. This is a lovely coming-of-age story that kids of all ages and abilities can relate to.
This is a great book for kids in middle school, to help them understand that kids with disabilities can be just like them! The book includes a reading discussion guide to help young readers understand the themes of individuality and acceptance.