Unstoppable : Women With Disabilities

By Helen Wolfe

Illustrated By Karen Patkau

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“Focus on the person, not the disability. We have one disability, but ninety-nine abilities to build on.” –Yetnebersh Nigussie, Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development

Around the world, people living with disabilities face barriers in the built environment, in employment and education, and in social attitudes and policies that can make it hard to live a full and satisfying life.

The ten women we meet in this book face physical and mental health challenges, some from birth and some who became disabled later in life. But they all share the determination to make the world a better place, not just for themselves but for those who will come after them. Their fields are as diverse as elite sport, neurosurgery, architecture, and environmental activism, and while some have devoted themselves to disability policy, others prefer to lead by example. In either case they have proved themselves to be unstoppable.

Praise & Recognition

“An eclectic, accessible, and upbeat introduction to accomplished disabled women.” Kirkus Reviews
"Unstoppable: Women with Disabilities is an inspirational showcase of female role models, highly recommended for both school and public library children's collections." MBR: Children's Bookwatch
"These brief biographies, insightfully presented by an author with a physical disability herself, may motivate readers to do further research on these inspiring women."

Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for English Nonfiction 2023 - Short-listed

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2022 2022 - Commended


Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Nonfiction, Middle Grade

Product Format: Hardback

Pages: 24

ISBN: 978-1-77260-209-8

Helen Wolfe

About the Author

Helen Wolfe

Helen Wolfe’s career spanned over forty years in publishing, social work and education. Her extensive teaching experience was in special education, history, English, guidance and English as a Second Language. For almost thirty years her work focussed on helping ESL adults to achieve their potential. Helen has also authored over thirty teacher’s guides to accompany books and a documentary for students for all levels and ages, with a particular focus on Holocaust literature and education. In 2011, Second Story Press published her first non-fiction chapter book for young readers entitled, “Terrific Women Teachers."

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About the Illustrator

Karen Patkau

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