Defying the Odds


 Defying the Odd, surfer Bethany Hamilton, photo by Noah Hamilton
Photo of Bethany Hamilton by
Noah Hamilton

"Placing one foot in front of the other, I've climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I'm just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won" quote by Robert M. Hensel.


Marcelo in the real world
by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

by Sharon G. Flake
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.

Easy for you to say : Q & A's for teens living with chronic illness or disability
by Miriam Kaufman
A book of advice for teenagers with a wide range of illnesses, as well as those who are visually or hearing-impaired or HIV-positive, answers questions on such subjects as growing up, sex, and drugs.

Owning it : stories about teens with disabilities
by Donald R. Gallo
Presents ten stories of teenagers facing all of the usual challenges of school, parents, boyfriends and girlfriends, plus the additional complications that come with having a physical or psychological disability.

The White Bicycle  
by Beverley Brenna
Taylor Jane Simon, an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger's Syndrome, travels to France, as she struggles to become independent of her controlling mother and meets a new mentor. 



Bethany Hamilton - Soul Surfer
Bethany Hamilton has continued to surf after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

New York Special Olympics

Wellcome Collection: Superhuman
Can prosthetics or glasses make you a superhuman? Look at images from this exhibition and take a superhuman quiz!

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Tips on finding a job for teens, including teens with disabilities.

NYC Teen - Resources
Resources for teens on a variety of topics including health.


Cool (and Free) Stuff To Do in Brooklyn

Specialized High School Admissions Practice Tests
Warm up for the test and find out how you would score. Get realistic practice and try your hand at the types of questions you'll face on the actual exam.

Brooklyn Open at BPL Central Library
Brooklyn Open, a monthly open mic series for teens, is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet. Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

Urban Word NYC
Teen writing workshops and open mics.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Enjoy a garden tour during Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Seasonal Highlights Tour - Free guided tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Meet at the corner of Cherry Walk adjacent to the Visitor Center.

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