Kids need to see themselves. What I mean by that is, our kids need to see others like them in books, movies, television. I found that it is not so easy to find fiction book characters with autism or other disabilities. Lately, my younger son is really getting into reading, which is fun.
I am an academic librarian who loves children and young adult literature. I also live with mild cerebral palsy and often walk with lofstrand crutches. I am, however, interested in seeing more accurate representation of characters with disabilities.
Until the last few years, finding YA books with disabled characters could be a real challenge. Not only were they few and far between, but those that did exist could too easily fall into representing disabled characters as either helpless or inspirational or both all at once. Few OwnVoices stories were being told, and few recognitions went to showcasing the books that told stories of disabled characters well, meaning those that did often fell under the radar.