Father writes children’s book to explain his experience with disability

After Leslie A. Johnson explained his disability to his children, he was inspired to increase disability awareness on a larger scale. Johnson created the children’s book, “Dad on Wheels,” which illustrates his personal experience as a father with a disability. The book’s summary states that when Johnson was asked by his children, ‘Daddy why can’t you stand?’ “he answered with honesty and transparency. This colorfully illustrated book aims to help parents and children discuss the reality of disabilities to help build understanding and empathy.” Johnson adds, “Children are curious about a person in a wheelchair. Plus, the wheelchair looks cool to them. Not only do the children have questions, but parents, adults and teenagers have questions, and can be afraid or shy to ask about a disability,” according to The Telegraph.

Photo Credit: Page from “Dad on Wheels”, available on Amazon. Illustrations by Sudipta Steve Dasgupta.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.