Book Review: The Disability Experience

The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt ~ 192 pages ~ to be published April 13, 2021 by Orca Book Publishers

Goodreads Synopsis:

People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours. The difference is that PWDs don’t have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you’ll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you’ll begin to understand the ways PWDs have been ignored, reviled and marginalized throughout history. The book also celebrates the triumphs and achievements of PWDs and shares the powerful stories of those who have fought for change.

What I Thought:

*I received this book for free from Netgalley and Orca Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

This book was not quite what I was expecting when I picked it up. I was quite interested in the content, as I have a child with a disability, and I wanted to educate myself more on what she will experience in the world. This book absolutely delivers on that desire. This is an excellent primer on living with a disability and how the world views people with disabilities.

To look at the cover of this book, I was expecting it to be in a graphic novel style format. Or to at least me a little more of a “fun” read. I quickly learned that this book is written more in the textbook style. Once I realized this was the case, I was able to enjoy the book and I learned a lot. The information within is very important, but I do feel that the cover is a little bit misleading.

The illustrations do make this book have some more personality than another non-fiction book on this subject might have. It is certainly targeted towards teens, but I also really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it as an adult. It brings awareness to the able-bodied masses of the types of situations that a person with disabilities has to deal with in their everyday life. The sections with people’s real life experiences were the most compelling and helped to make it feel more real, rather than clinical.

All in all, this is an excellent book to educate yourself on the experiences of people with disabilities and to bring awareness of potential prejudices that we might be harboring. I think this would be an excellent book for middle and high school librarians to have on their shelves. However, I truly feel that adults will also benefit from reading this book as well.

My Rating:


I gave The Disability Experience 3 STARS.

Are you interested in learning more about this book? Check out the links below!

Hannalora Leavitt’s Website

The Disability Experience on Goodreads

Pre-order The Disability Experience on

Have you read any books about people with disabilities and their experiences? Would you pick up a book like this one? Let’s chat in the comments!

Love and happy reading,


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Disability Experience

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  2. Yeah, while I was mostly impressed with the book, and agree it’s a good primer, I also found it to be missing a few things. (Though I can’t, for the life of me remember what they are anymore. I’d have to read it again). I did buy it when it was on sale on kindle though.

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