Unbound Books is a Neurodiveristy Library based in Modesto, CA. We are dedicated to fostering autism acceptance, pride, and culture by amplifying autistic voices and promoting the values of the Neurodiversity Paradigm.
We strive to empower all neurodivergent and/or disabled people by providing access to our rich histories, cultures, and communities, and to educate non-disabled people about autism, neurodivergence, and disability from the perspectives of people with the actual lived experience of being autistic, neurodivergent, and/or disabled.
Our mission is to build an inclusive community that embraces neurodiversity and celebrates Autistic/Disability pride and culture. By promoting acceptance and challenging the way people think about autism, neurodivergence, and disability, we hope to make the world a better place for all neurodivergent and disabled people.
Our selection of materials is guided by our values and culture, and includes themes revolving around neurodiversity, autism acceptance, disability history, disability rights, activism, advocacy, inclusion, intersectional social justice, peaceful parenting, and more!
Our materials are unique in that they center the perspectives and experiences of actually autistic, neurodivergent, and/or disabled people.
Our collection includes anthologies, autobiograpies, fiction, poetry, children's books, documentaries, and more!
We are driven by our passion for disability rights and the belief that neurodivergent and disabled people are the ultimate experts on our own lives, needs, and experiences.
We value all forms of human diversity and believe that all people (including children) have a right to autonomy, safety, and inclusion in their homes and communities.
These are just a few of the ways we (proudly) differ from the mainstream culture:
acceptance, NOT awareness
accommodation, NOT assimilation
compassion, NOT coercion
we presume competence
we reject functioning labels
we use Identity First Language (while respecting a person's choice to self-identify as they choose)
we prioritize lived experience over professional and parent perspectives
we are against eugenics and "cure culture"
empowerment, NOT infantilization
pride, NOT pity