Tough Topics Book Club

Adults 18+ | Virtual (Zoom) | Wednesday, July 20 | 7–8:30 p.m. | FREE

Special Guest: Author Dr. Katherine Schneider, retired UWEC clinical psychologist who has been blind from birth and serves on the Eau Claire County Board.

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally
by Emily Ladau

A guide for how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible place.

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, an estimated 15 percent of the global population. But many of us—disabled and nondisabled alike—don’t know how to act, what to say, or how to be an ally to the disability community. Demystifying Disability is a friendly handbook on the important disability issues you need to know about, including:

• How to appropriately think, talk, and ask about disability
• Recognizing and avoiding ableism (discrimination toward disabled people)
• Practicing good disability etiquette
• Ensuring accessibility becomes your standard practice, from everyday communication to planning special events
• Appreciating disability history and identity
• Identifying and speaking up about disability stereotypes in media

Authored by celebrated disability rights advocate, speaker, and writer Emily Ladau, this practical, intersectional guide offers all readers a welcoming place to understand disability as part of the human experience.

Registration will be limited to 15 participants. Copies of this title are available in the MORE system.  If you have any questions, please contact Information & Reference staff at 715-839-5004.

Please remember that self-care is essential when engaging in difficult subjects. We encourage you to take breaks and utilize self-care throughout our discussion. If at any point you wish not to continue for your own well-being, that is okay. We are all at different points on our journey. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to talk or find more resources, but in case of a more urgent issue here are some crisis lines and supports:

    • In case of an emergency please contact 911
    • For a mental health crisis contact Northwest Connections 888-552-6642
    • ADA National Network can be contacted by calling 800-949-4232

Register for Tough Topics Book Club

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual (Zoom) | FREE

Registration will open on Friday, June 17.

Registration for this program is full. Please look for future Tough Topics Book Clubs in our events calendar.

Upcoming Titles

2022 dates and titles

September 21

What Happened to You (2021) by Bruce Duncan Perry Description: Through deeply personal conversation, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Perry explore how what happens to us in early childhood influences the people we become. They challenge us to shift from focusing on, “What’s wrong with you?” or “Why are you behaving that way?,” to asking, “What happened to you?”

November 16

Still Alice (2009) by Lisa Genova Description: Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.