Through a partnership between the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and The Ability Center, students across northwest Ohio will have access to a variety of books by, for, and about people with disabilities.
The project, called DREAM, or Disability Representation, Education and Awareness in Media, was announced during a news conference on Monday, October 4.
Participating schools include: Fairfield Elementary, Holloway Elementary, Lake Erie West ESC, Perrysburg Schools, Swanton Schools, Toledo Public Schools, Washington Local Schools, Waterville Primary, Westside Montessori, Whiteford Elementary, and Whitehouse Primary.
The stories in these books address the challenges of growing up with a disability, and will allow students without disabilities to understand their peers’ experiences. Each book provided to schools as part of the project will have a DREAM sticker on the inside cover to make it easily identifiable for students. The project will also include a reading challenge component, and participating classrooms will receive a toolkit with extension activities.