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Luda and Chairsy: Making Friends
Luda is excited to make friends in a new city! She can't wait to make silly faces and play outside. But when the other kids make fun of her wheelchair, Chairsy, Luda feels discouraged to play with them. Will she ever be able to make new friends?
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published August 24th 2019 by Includas Publishing
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Ages 7 and up. Bright, comic book-inspired illustrations accompany this story of a girl who uses a wheelchair and her excitement about making new friends. Her excitement turns into anxiety, however, when the first group she encounters reacts to her wheelchair with suspicion and mocking. An important story about the widespread, very real problem of disabled children being excluded from the in-crowd at the age when fitting in becomes very important to primary school kids.
Before I knew or understood that I had muscular dystrophy, SMA III, I was obsessed with stories--my own imagination stories that created my world, and stories created by others. So it was a perfect fit when I took my work and drive for creating an inclusive environment for people of various abilities, and formed INCLUDAS Publishing, a press dedicated for authors/illustrators, fictional characters, ...more