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The ABCs of Inclusion: A Disability Inclusion Book for Kids

ISBN: 9781634895965
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Beth Leipholtz
Illustrator: Anastasiya Kanavaliuk
Pages: 40
Trim: 9 x 9 inches
Published: 03/21/2023

 In this picture book about disabilities, meet 26 real kiddos with diagnoses like autism, hearing loss, epilepsy, and Down syndrome. It teaches young readers that it's okay to be different—in fact, it's what makes us special!

Sometimes when you meet a new friend, you might notice they are different from you.

Differences can be confusing at first. But when we take the time to learn about our differences, we might find some special ways we are also the same.

Based on real children with real disabilities, this inclusion book for kids teaches children that our differences aren't a scary thing!

Beth Leipholtz is the hearing mother of a deaf child, raising her son, Cooper, bilingually in both hearing and Deaf cultures. On Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, she has built an online community of almost 1 million people to uplift parents on similar journeys and advocate for inclusion and accessibility.

This disability inclusion book for kids introduces children with:

  • hearing loss
  • anxiety
  • autism
  • cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • epilepsy
  • and more!

Elementary school teachers and childcare workers will love using this book to teach children about kids with disabilities with empathy.

We live in a big world—let's make it an accepting and accessible one for our children.

"Every carefully chosen word and engaging illustration highlights the journeys of exceptional children with sensitivity, respect, and advocacy. I am grateful for this work of heart!"  —Lacey Wood, early intervention specialist

"I've never seen a book that addresses kids with different kinds of extra needs quite like this one does. This is a perfect age-appropriate tool to help children learn about friends and peers who may seem different from them, but are really so very much the same."  —Jessica Elam, mother of a special needs child


Beth Leipholtz is an inclusion and accessibility advocate who believes in creating a more accepting world for our children. As the hearing mother of a deaf child, Beth is raising her son, Coop, bilingually in both hearing and Deaf cultures. She shares her parenting journey on TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, where she has built a community of nearly 1 million people around disability inclusion. She lives with her family in Minnesota. You can follow her online at @beth_and_coop.