July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The legislation went into effect two years later, and required that public facilities be made accessible to people with disabilities.
Americans with Disabilities Act by Susan Dudley Gold
Describes the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, including how people with disabilities and their supporters fought over the decades to win civil rights and how the piece of legislation became a law. – (Baker & Taylor)
A good resource for finding books that feature characters with disabilities is the page for the Schneider Family Book Award. The website lists the winners of the awards, which “honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” There is also a link to a list of more recommended books.