Review of “Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body” by Rebekah Raussig

This book is a 5 star read for me. I learned so much! This book is for all ages to read and is very informative. She is a teacher, and it shows throughout this book.

Rebekah Taussig, Ph.D. authored a well written memoir, but it is so much more. She discusses her childhood, career, love life, dreams/passions, family, etc. She also talks about larger issues like Medicaid/Medicare struggles, struggles with dating (relatable), body image, feminism, ableism, Disability Act, annoyances, and other struggles.

Throughout this book, I learned a lot. I have taken a lot of courses and trainings about the Disability Act for my job. But you hear facts about it not individualized stories. People with disabilities face a lot of discrimination and struggles not only in the workforce but also in life. She always has extra steps to take, but despite the challenges she ‘gets ‘er done.’

She discussed the exclusion and/or how people with disabilities are depicted in media. I actually read that chapter then started to watch Cobra Kai. I found myself yelling at the TV just like Rebekah did in the book due to how they depicted someone in a wheelchair. I have noticed this issue in the media but never thought of it the way that she did. It really got me thinking about how people with disabilities are depicted in media and I did NOT like it.

Needless to say, I will be recommending this book for years to come! What a great book for anyone and everyone to read. I highly recommend this book.

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