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The Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was initiated in 2000 to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Every even year, The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in collaboration with Special Needs Project sponsor the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children's books. An award is presented to an author and illustrator (if appropriate) of a children's picture book and/or a children's chapter book.
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Publishers are asked to donate 12 copies of each book to be considered for the Dolly Gray Award, sponsored by the the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in collaboration with Special Needs Project. Books are distributed to the Review Board be used in the selection procedure and copies are also donated to the host city of the DADD biennial convention.
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Dolly Gray Award Winners
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2014 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Remember Dippy
by Shirley Reva Vernick

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, January, 2014.
Category: Intermediate
Disability: Autism
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
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Memoirs of an imaginary friend
by Matthew Dicks

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, January, 2014.
Category: Young Adult
Disability: Asperger Syndrome
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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2012 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Waiting for No One

by Beverley Brenna

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Miami Beach, Florida, January, 2012.
Disability: Asperger Syndrome
Publisher: Red Deer Press

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2012 Dolly Gray Award Winner

My Brother Charlie

by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete (authors) and Shane W. Evans (illustrator)

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Miami Beach, Florida, January, 2012.
Disability: Autism
Publisher: Scholastic

Available for purchase at http://www.specialneedsproject.com/books.asp?id=27220

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2012 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Just Because

by Rebecca Elliott

Presented at the CEC-DADD's annual conference in Miami Beach, Florida January, 2012.
Disability: Multiple Disabilities
Publisher: Lion Children's

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2010 Dolly Gray Award Winner

The London Eye Mystery

by Siobhan Dowd

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Maui, January, 2010.
Disability: Asperger Syndrome
Publisher: David Fickling Books

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2010 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome

by Clarabelle van Niekerk & Liezl Venter

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Maui, January, 2010.
Disability: Asperger Syndrome
Publisher: Skeezel Press (distributed by Independent Publishers Group)

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2008 Dolly Gray Award Winner

A Small White Scar

by K. A. Nuzum

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference San Diego, October, 2008.
Disability: Down Syndrome
Publisher: HarperCollins

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2006 Dolly Gray Award Winner

So B. It

by Sarah Weeks

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Kona, February, 2007.
Disability: Intellectual Disability
Publisher: HarperCollins

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2006 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Keeping up with Roo

by Sharlee Glenn

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Kona, February, 2007.
Disability: Intellectual Disability
Publisher: G. P. Putnams Sons

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2004 Dolly Gray Award Winner

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Las Vegas, October, 2004.
Disability: Autism
Publisher: Doubleday

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2002 Dolly Gray Award Winner

My Brother Sammy

by Becky Edwards

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Kauai, February 2003.
Disability: Autism
Publisher: Bloomsbury

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2002 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Me and Rupert Goody

by Barbara O'Conner

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Kauai, February, 2003.
Disability: Intellectual Disability
Publisher: Frances Foster Books

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2000 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Tru Confessions

by Janet Tashjian

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Baltimore, October, 2000.
Disability: Intellectual Disability
Publisher: Macmillan

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2000 Dolly Gray Award Winner

Ian's Walk

by Laurie Lears

Presented at the CEC-DADD's biennial conference in Baltimore, October, 2000
Disability: Autism
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

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The 16th International DADD conference Autism, Intellectual Disability, & Developmental Disabilities. The conference will be January 21-23, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Please see the conference brochure by clicking on the link.

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Download the 2010 DADD Showcase Sessions. Presenters included Robert A. Stodden, Dianne Zager, and Debra Hart speaking about "Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities for Postsecondary Education and Employment"
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