THIS KID CAN FLY by Aaron Philip


It's About Ability (not Disability)
Age Range: 8 - 12
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The author of the Aaronverse Tumblr explains how he emphasizes ability, not disability: with help.

Shortly after his birth, Philip and his mother moved from the Caribbean to New York City when his parents learned he had cerebral palsy, which limited the use of his hands and left him unable to walk. Soon his mother returned to the Caribbean, and his father became his caregiver, eventually raising his brother as well. Economic hardship and homelessness complicated—and were complicated by—his disability, which worsened with such obstacles as late paratransit, broken elevators, and difficulty socializing. Fortunately, Philip met "angels" who helped him and his family educationally, medically, and socially. Through his angels, he honed his love for anime; wrote Aaronverse, a Tumblr to encourage others with disabilities; and created a book and video called Tanda ("This ability, not disability") to push for increased opportunities for people with disabilities. As Philip refreshingly acknowledges his personal luck, his call for greater accessibility is encapsulated in his fictional story of Dan, a man with a disability without a support network, whose goals languished because "he had the smarts, but not the supports."

Philip's simple, chatty account of both physical and societal challenges—and the "angels" without whom he couldn't have risen to them so highly—will motivate readers with and without disabilities to support accessibility and inclusion. (Memoir. 8-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-240354-4
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015


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