Showing students a strong character who learns to see her disability as a strength (wait until you read about El Deafo and her superpowers!) is a fantastic example for anyone to read- whether they live with a disability or not. I think that this would be a great starting point to a lot of conversations about difference, self-acceptance, and friendship.
Food for thought... what is your favourite graphic novel? Have you ever taught a graphic novel to your class? Or, if you are a student, have you ever read a graphic novel in class? Tell me about your experience.