Why We Need More Disabled Characters in YA

Why We Need More Disabled Characters in Ya | A Bookworm’s Guide to Life

Hi guys! My first post of 2018 and I’m already opening with a discussion.

First of all, having more and more YA books with diverse characters and #ownvoices is obviously a good thing and that’s great and all. But something we should be talking about are disabled MCs or secondary characters.

Second of all, I don’t have a disablity. I don’t know what life is like for those who do so please don’t quote me on anything!

Why having stories about disability are great

People writing books like these means more people become aware about these issues and representation is a good thing in a time when we’re seeing mainly white cishet abled-bodied characters. According to the U.K. government;

There are over 11 million (in the U.K.) people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability.

Why they’re not so great

Writing books about diverse issues is becoming more and more the norm but what we really should be moving onto are books where these characters are diverse but their “issue” doesn’t define them.

Why do we have lots of books with balck, Aisian, or LGBT MCs yet we don’t have any with disabled protagonists (without their disablity completely defining them).

And I’m not just talking contemporary YA. Where are the blind dragon slayers kicking butt? Our deaf chosen one trying to save the world?

If anyone knows any books I’ve this, hit me up in the comments.

What other marginalised groups do we need more of  in YA? #ownvoices anyone? Tell me in the comments!

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