HandiLand: The Crippest Place on Earth, by Elizabeth A. Wheeler (University of Michigan Press, 2019, 274 pages).
Synopsis: “Elizabeth A. Wheeler invokes the fantasy of HandiLand, an ideal society ready for young people with disabilities before they get there, as a yardstick to measure how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go toward the goal of total inclusion. The book moves through the public spaces young people with disabilities have entered, including schools, nature, and online communities. As a disabled person and parent of children with disabilities, Wheeler offers an inside look into families who collude with their kids in shaping a better world. Moving, funny, and beautifully written, HandiLand: The Crippest Place on Earth is the definitive study of disability in contemporary literature for young readers.”—from the publisher
Elizabeth A. Wheeler is an associate professor of English and Director of the Disability Studies Minor at UO. She is a CSWS faculty affiliate.