You see disability, I see diversity.

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The Disability Experience examines the way people with disabilities (PWDs) have historically been ignored, reviled and marginalized. It also celebrates their triumphs and achievements and shares the powerful stories of PWDs who have fought for change. Mastering life with a disability is a lifelong undertaking, and while the independence of PWDs may look different from yours, their presence and inclusion are here to stay. Part of the nonfiction Orca Issues series for young adults.


  • Short-listed, Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Information Book Award 2022
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools 2021
  • Commended, Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets 2022
  • Commended, Children’s Book Council & National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2022
  • Commended, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities - Portrayals of Disability 2023


“Easy-to-follow. ..Offers readers who have little knowledge of people with disabilities a crash course in understanding – rather than fearing – the unfamiliar. ”

- Quill & Quire

“A candid introduction to the multifaceted experiences of people with disabilities. ”

- Kirkus Reviews

“The book would be useful for reports, but its strength is a narrative voice that asks readers to contemplate another point of view…A strong…introduction to disabilities.”

- School Library Journal (SLJ)

“An engaging, conversational writing style...The Disability Experience does an excellent job of explaining the disability experience and should be required reading for all teens (and adults, too). Highly Recommended.”

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Leavitt has created more than just an informative introduction to disability—this book is a compelling disability experience that ensnares readers in the lives of real people with real disabilities living their lives just like anyone else. Amidst the real-life accounts and definitions, the author emphasizes the social model, the idea that society's lack of understanding and accommodations is the disabling factor. This is a comprehensive, eye-opening disability primer.”

- Kara Dorris, PhD, visiting assistant professor of English at Illinois College