Eugene, Oregon has its first Ability Guidebook! I Am Going to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art!

Eugene makes the fourth Oregon City to get an Ability Guidebook! I’m very excited to announce: I Am Going To The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art!


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon by Brett Bigham

A California student just stepped up and translated I Am Going to the Getty Villa into Spanish!

This is one of those dreams come true for me! For those of you who follow this blog you know my hope is that I make these book as examples for other people to create books for their own communities.  I know I can only create so many books and so I dream of other people stepping up.

Today I am sharing our newest Ability Guidebook. This one is special because it is a Spanish translation of I Am Going to the Getty Villa! The Getty Villa book is special. I created it to go along with a video lesson put out by The Teaching Channel and the Getty Museum.


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A student in California, who was working on a play about a young autistic man heard about the Getty Guidebook and translated the book into Spanish. Erik Arrazola knew that there were many people in the Los Angeles area who are Spanish speakers, and he knew that there are autistic people who could use the Guidebook if it was in Spanish.

I often say these books are to help open doors for autistic people. They provide that support for those who have anxiety about going to new places. For Erik to step up and translate just opened a door for Spanish speakers with an interest in the Getty Villa.  Thank you Erik, not just from me, but from the entire community who will benefit from your work!

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A Brand New Ability Guidebook For India!! Let’s go visit Ajanta Ellora Caves!

It is always fun when I get a book done for another country! I’m really pleased to announce India has another book! Anyone want to translate??!

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You can find the book here:

Soon Washington, D.C. Will Have More Ability Guidebooks Than Portland!

Every time I go on a trip I try to get at least one Ability Guidebook out of it. In September I had the honor to speak on a panel for ECRA-The Education Civil Rights Alliance. I’m proud to be one of their Fellowship of Leading Educators who are fighting for social justice. My hotel was just off of Dupont Circle so I will have several books coming out for that neighborhood in the coming weeks!

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Follow this link to the PDF!



An Easy Ability Guidebook to Visit The Gandhi Statue in Washington, D.C.

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I will be adding some new books in the coming weeks with the word EASY on the cover. These are a new set of Ability Guidebooks for very easy to visit destinations. I see these as simple outings with minimal steps for success. For many of my students these simple visits allowed them to have a quick and successful visit into the community. These successes prepare the students to begin visiting more complex places in the community.

I’m pleased to introduce the newest Ability Guidebook: I Am Going To See The Gandhi Statue!

A New Ability Guidebook for the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa!

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I’m thrilled to announce the newest Ability Guidebook! This one is for The District Six Museum in Cape Town!

More Free Supports for People with Autism in Johannesburg! I Am Going To Sisulu Square!

Walter Sisulu Square is one of the most important spots in recent South African History. I am pleased to announce that there is now an Ability Guidebook to help autistic people visit this important place in the history of apartheid and civil rights.

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Johannesburg Has Their First Ability Guidebook! I Am Going to the Nelson Mandela House! Free online autism support!

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I’m really thrilled that Johannesburg has their first Ability Guidebook! This free online support will help autistic people and people with travel anxiety go to the Nelson Mandela House!



A New Support For Autistic People in South Africa! I Am Going To The South African National Gallery!

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If I had my wish, every museum in the world would have an Ability Guidebook. I’m pleased to say that the South African National Gallery of Art now has a book!


With Heartfelt Thanks to the NEA Foundation: South Africa Has It’s Very First Ability Guidebook. I Am Going to The Company’s Park!

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I am so pleased to announce that I have finished the first Ability Guidebook from my NEA Foundation Global Fellowship. For the past year members of the fellowship worked on curriculum projects under the direction of Harvard’s Dr Fernando Reimers. I’m pleased that just as that book tops the top Kindle curricula download list (check it out at Amazon!) I’ve finished the first Guidebook for South Africa. In July I travelled, along with NEA Foundation employees and over 40 U.S. teachers to South Africa to meet with teachers and students and to have a deep immersion into the recent Apartheid past of the country.

In the coming months I will be sharing fifteen Ability Guidebooks that I will create from this amazing trip. I am grateful to the NEA Foundation to help bring these first supports for people with autism in South Africa. I hope my fifteen books will inspire people in South Africa to create more books and that these are just the seeds being planted to create a country-wide system of supports for people with travel anxiety, for kids on field trips and for autistic people.

South Africa is the 38th country to have an Ability Guidebook. I hope I can find some people to translate into the local languages!