Community Reads Program — March 2016

The Orange County (North Carolina) Human Relations Commission has chosen to include Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran as part of its March 2016 “Community Reads” Program.

Reprinted below is the news release from the Orange County website.


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 27, 2015)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission (HRC) invites residents and reading clubs  to participate in the Community Read discussion taking place in March, 2016 (date TBD).

In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the HRC wants to bring awareness of disability rights, accomplishments and continuing barriers.

The following books shed light on the topic, and the discussion in March is designed to be engaging and enriching.  The community is encouraged to read one or all three books– feel free to invite others to participate in the discussion.

The discussion forum will be moderated by Kim Lan Grout of The Redefining Disabled Project.

Click the links below for details and videos about each selection:

  • Beauty is a Verb, a book of poetry by persons with disabilities.  Edited by Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett and Michael Northen (Eds., 2011).
  •  Far From the Tree, by Andrew Solomon (2013).  This book covers a broad scope of daily life realities of families dealing with a variety of challenges.

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