I Am, You Are

I Am, You Are

Let's Talk About Disability, Individuality and Empowerment

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I Am, You Are is a powerful, practical book to help children and adults have meaningful discussions about disability and ableism.

This book was written by disability activist Ashley Harris Whaley to support children, parents, teachers and carers, by explaining what disability is and why it should be celebrated.

Fully-illustrated throughout by talented illustrator and advocacy campaigner Ananya Rao-Middleton, I Am, You Are is aimed at children aged four and above.

Containing explanations on key words and concepts written in child-friendly, accessible language, with relatable examples, this book supports children's understanding in building an anti-ableist stance from an early age.

It is perfect to read at home, and in classrooms, to support your child's life-long learning journey.

About the authors

Ashley Harris Whaley

Ashley Harris Whaley is a writer, speaker, speech-language pathologist, and disability activist. She is the Project Manager of Engagement and Communities for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and is the creator of Disability Reframed, a platform that focuses on changing perspectives through education and conversation. Ashley is a passionate public speaker who regularly educates on anti-ableism, disability identity, the language used around disability, and allyship. Ashley's writing has appeared in Refinery29. I Am, You Are is her first book. She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband, a fluffy black cat, and two German Shepherds. She owns way too many pairs of shoes that she can't actually walk in. Follow her on Instagram @disabilityreframed and @ashleyharriswhaley.
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Ananya Rao-Middleton (Illustrator)

Ananya Rao-Middleton is an illustrator and disability activist who uses her work as a tool to speak truth to the voices of marginalised communities at the intersections of disability, gender, race and other oppressive systems. She is passionate about illustration as a way to 'do' activism and has created artwork for Twitter, Refinery29, Instagram and the UK Parliament. Ananya lives in Lisbon, Portugal, where the sunshine is good for her Multiple Sclerosis and Post-Concussion Syndrome. Keep in touch with Ananya on social media @AnanyaPaints.
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Hannah Wood (Illustrator)

Hannah Wood is an illustrator of children's books. She was born in England but spent much of her childhood in the Netherlands and Norway. She now lives in a quaint little village in the middle of England with her two cats.
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