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Books are a magical thing. When we’re stuck in a rut and need transporting somewhere new, reading can take us to other worlds.

According to disability charity Scope, more than 14 million people are reported to be living with a disability or debilitating illness in the UK. Despite this being such a commonality, it’s still often rare to find books or literature that features a main character who lives with a disability or uses a wheelchair.

Whether you’re looking for a captivating story, or just want to read something relatable, we’ve listed the most uplifting and inspiring reads with disability or lack of mobility at their core. Read on to find out our top picks.

 

Life without limits

In this autobiographical book, Australian-born Nick Vujicic shares his unique life story on overcoming his physical disabilities and the emotional trauma that came along with it. Fascinating and inspiring, this book is a practical guide on building a beautiful limitless life in the face of adversity.


Disability visibility

This is an anthology of short essays and interview transcripts written by founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project Alice Wong. It brings a fresh take and a heartfelt, educational insight into what it’s like living with a disability in the 21st century, through a series of 1st person stories.

 

My brief history

Everyone’s heard of Steven Hawking – the legendary theoretical physicist, yet few of us know about the intricacies of his personal life and what it took him to get to where he did. This witty and candid read offers a glimpse into his own life and intellectual evolution. Whether you’re a physics buff or not, this is a memoir everyone and anyone can benefit from having in their lives.

 

The sky is not the limit

Written by Amanda Newton, this book follows one woman’s Inspiring and humorous account of coming to terms with sudden disability following an accident. It documents the challenges of having to adapt to a new life almost overnight and takes a thoughtful look at the effect a disability can have on a person.

 

These days, modern stairlifts are readily available and customizable to suit all sorts of disabilities and user needs – from chronic conditions to declining mobility. If you or someone close to you is experiencing mobility issues, then a stairlift could improve your autonomy, and allow you to feel more comfortable when moving around the house. Call the Halton Stairlifts team on 0800 644 7766 to arrange your completely free home assessment, or to find out more about Halton’s range of stairlift options.