By Grace Lapointe: Complete Post through this link…
As a disabled writer myself, I think there isn’t a singular disability experience. These books are as diverse as their authors, and each person has a unique perspective on their own disabilities. Even people with the same disabilities have vastly different opinions and experiences. I’m always interested in reading other disabled writers.
While there are great science fiction and fantasy books by disabled authors, I want to focus this list on fiction and nonfiction that explores disability in a more realistic way.
Many of these books include specific trigger warnings; for example, substance abuse disorder, intimate and systemic violence, suicide, surgeries and other medical decisions, or episodes of psychosis. For several reasons, disability literature may contain words considered slurs today. Some of these were once medical terms and are presented in their historical context. Disabled authors may also reclaim slurs or depict incidents of ableism verbatim. Many books by disabled authors creatively blur format, incorporating visual art, diary entries, medical records, or literary analysis.