Learners with Mild Disabilities : A Characteristics Approach

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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The reader is encouraged to apply these conceptual frameworks though analysis of the numerous vignettes and extended case studies throughout the text, stories drawn from the experiences of real children and teachers. The separate categorical approaches around which other texts are organized tend to reinforce the notion of discrete disabilities, which current experience and philosophical discussions in the field of special education increasingly do not support and which do not prepare new special educators for the complex nature of services for students with mild disabilities. Learners with Mild Disabilities focuses on four high-prevalence disabilities; mild mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and ADHD, as well as briefer consideration of other mild conditions such as Asperger Syndrome. This text looks first at disability from conventional categorical perspectives, and then focuses on the perspective of alternative, non-categorical frameworks. Designed as a primary text for use in undergraduate and graduate courses addressing the characteristics of learners with high prevalence or milder levels of disability and is useful as a text for the first specialized course in a special education program.

Author Biography

Eileen Raymond is currently serving as the associated dean in the School of Education and Professional Studies at The State University of New York at Potsdam and holds the rank of professor.

Table of Contents

Setting the Stage
Perspectives on Disability
Meet Clarence
Studying High-Prevalence Disabilities
Mild DoesNotMean ldquo;Not Seriousrdquo;
The Power of Language
Labeling, Classifying, and Identification
To Classify or Not to Classify
Thoughts on Labeling
Prevention of Disabilities
Overview of the Principles of the Idea
Amendments to P.L.nbsp;94-142
Focus on Culture and Diversity
Resources on the Web
Ed Murphy: A Case Study
Historical Perspectives and Contexts
Meet Victor
The Historical Context of Disability
Early History
The Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The Enlightenment
Disabilities in the United States: 1800-1900
Residential Services
Public Special Education
Disabilities in the United States: The Early Twentieth Century
Eugenics in Europe and the United States
The Testing Movement in Europe and the United States
Serving Children Identified as Having Disabilities
Special Education as a Profession
Disabilities in the United States from 1950 to the Present
General Education Initiative and Inclusion
Legislative and Governmental Initiatives
History of Rights Won in United States Courts
Trends in History
Focus on Culture and Diversity
Resources on the Web
Patty: a Case Study
Issues in Assessment and Identification
Meet Jeffrey
IDEA 1997 and 2004: Assessment and Evaluation Requirements
Purposes of Assessment of Students with Special Educational N
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