Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities; Third Edition

Kathie Snow
350 pages

This is not the usual book for parents of children with disabilities, about a child's "problems" and how to "fix" them! Instead, this book demonstrates that the presence of a disability is not a barrier to success. Aren't you ready for new ways of thinking? Isn't it time for children with disabilities to live happy, fulfilled successful lives, as first-class citizens, included in their homes, schools, and communities?


Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities (3rd edition) challenges today's conventional wisdom and provides innovative and commonsense strategies to help ensure children with disabilities lead Real Lives: the lives of their dreams (and their parents' dreams).


Multitudes of books have been written about parenting children with disabilities, but this book is like no other. Parents and professionals sing its praises and several universities are using it to train emerging professionals.


The chapter titles are listed below.  


  • Chapter 1 — Good News
  • Chapter 2 — Our History: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light
  • Chapter 3 — Yesterday's Influence on Your Child Today
  • Chapter 4 — Disability World
  • Chapter 5 — New Attitudes and Actions
  • Chapter 6 — A New Therapeutic Landscape and Tools for Success
  • Chapter 7 — Real Lives at Home and in the Community
  • Chapter 8 — Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
  • Chapter 9 — Inclusive Education
  • Resources, References, and Bibliography are also included.

 “I’ve been using Disability is Natural since it was first published and it’s one of the three resources I most often recommend to parents and professionals alike. I’ve used it as a text for pre-service students in general and special education, communication sciences, occupational therapy, and psychology; and as readings for faculty in schools where I am doing long-term systems change work. This publication is a must-read for everyone concerned about education and quality of life for children with disabilities.” Dr. Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Project Director for 26 years, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire