During Connect-Ability's summer workshop, members discussed the novel, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. This novel follows an eleven-year-old, named Melody's, struggles and triumphs. She is born with cerebral palsy that leaves her unable to walk or talk, but Melody's abilities far outshine her disabilities. Melody has a photographic memory and is extremely intelligent. Words constantly flood her thoughts, which she is physically incapable of saying, making her go out of her mind. Out of My Mind explores themes of tolerance, understanding, people-first, assistive-technology, and family and friends, and thus, Out of My Mind perfectly fit key ideas of Connect-Ability. Look out for more posts about this novel to come!