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We didn’t want a book that told the reader what to think or that didactically presented a lexicon. We wanted to create a book thatprovokedthe reader to look at the world differently and that would generate conversation and questions,” Fritsch says. Their formula is paying dividends, as they have already received a very enthusiastic response to We Move Together. some sample activities found in the book’s accompanying learning guide. Through the sample activities, the creators will support a discussion about accessibility, community building, and disability justice, and end with a Q&A with participants. There were quite a few stories that I loved and got so engrossed in them, that I wished it was more to those stories and the characters. I wished that some of the characters had their books, so I can read more about them and their stories and lives. Those stories were also beautifully written, with characters so real, that it felt you are there with them, feeling what they are feeling. We Move Togetheris a new picture book by a diverse team of authors (Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, and Eduardo Trejos) who have come together to write a love letter to the disability community. It is, in a word, fantastic. It is empowering, it is interesting, it is understandable, it is relevant—I could go on all day about how much I love this book. Unfortunately, as I discovered to my dismay, it is entirely possible that the kids in your life will not love it as much as you do.

I’m a disabled person and disability studies professor and I use a wide variety of mobility devices in my daily life including an electric wheelchair, scooter, walker, and cane, and I’m also in community with folks who are diversely disabled. My kids have had A LOT of questions about all of this, as have their friends, or people we meet at the park, or at their school. Anne is also a disability studies professor and parent and we’ve collaborated on many disability-related different projects. We started talking about what we were yearning to find in children’s literature and then thought, why not try to create a book ourselves? We approached Eduardo who is a graphic designer and started drafting up text and images. We Move Together" shows how a community comes together to help each other have more enriched and accessible lives; they solve problems such as mobility ramps, crosswalks with audible alarms and tactile pavement (curbs with bumps on the ramp), even swings that accommodate wheelchairs on the playground. There is a multitude of representation throughout this children's picture book showing wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, ASL (American Sign Language) classes for the deaf, as well as long white canes for the blind, canes for the elderly, assistance animals, and persons with sensory issues. Johal is interested in the intersection between the lives of different generations in immigrant families and the stark contrast in their experiences. Aman may run a high-end dinery in New York but her parents are former farmers from rural Punjab who struggle with her swanky menu. In the final story, We Move, Lata casually drinks wine and dances with her Mum, Meena, and friends, but when Meena does the same twenty years ago, she is forced into an abusive arranged marriage. We Move Together is a love letter to the next generation of disabled kids, and a provocation for their nondisabled peers to rethink an ableist society's assumptions about how our bodies should move, what they should look like, and how our brains should work ... This gorgeously illustrated book offers a powerful message rooted in the Disability Justice movement—we care for and love each other, and we move together, with nobody left behind."The idea for We Move Togethercame to Fritsch and McGuire in 2017 when the pair were discussing books they were reading to their young children. Both Fritsch and McGuire lamented the difficulty they were having finding books taking up disability in ways relatable to children and, more generally, to the broader communities to which they belong. In We Move Together, we follow a diverse group of mixed-ability children and their families as they overcome everyday barriers and come together to connect with the disabled community. Whether it’s solving accessibility issues or preparing for a protest, We Move Together provides young readers with a wonderful example of a community working together to ensure everyone’s needs are met. We Move Together is a joyful new children’s book about disability community and culture. In conversation with one of the books’ co-authors, Kelly Fritsch, we discuss COVID-19, children’s literature, and disability justice in Canada. I’m a little late to the game, but that won’t stop me from sharing We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch and Anne McGuire with you all today. Released last month, this beautifully inclusive picture book focusing on disability justice is a perfect example of what Mutually Inclusive is all about.

We Move Together makes me want to move with joy! Finally there is a book I can share with my kiddo that expresses the joy of disability community; the playfulness of different ways of moving; and the fun of creating access — while also showing the challenges of ableism. This book can grow with my daughter as she goes from asking questions about the beautifully illustrated pictures and engaging words, to when she can grapple with the many key ideas of disability justice provided at the end of the book. A delightful and much needed celebration of disability community, and most importantly, as my daughter says, it’s fun!“ With all these projects on the go, there are no immediate plans for a second children's book. “But” says Fritsch, “it’s something we’re considering.”Although she is still early in her career at Carleton, Fritsch is a prolific and sought-after scholar. Currently, she is working on three unique projects. With their help, the project developed into a story that reflects the power of moving together – sometimes slow, sometimes fast, sometimes in conflict, and sometimes in celebration. Dr. Fritsch It’s been exciting to launch the lab not only because of our shared research interests but also because we are building a community of disabled people at Carleton who are committed to enacting social change.” The Transformative Power of Moving Together - Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Skip to main content The Transformative Power of Moving Together

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