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Special Education in Contemporary Society
An Introduction to Exceptionality

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© 2017 | 704 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

2015 Recipient of the Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) 

The Sixth Edition of Richard Gargiulo’s well respected Special Education in Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Exceptionality offers a comprehensive, engaging, and easy-to-read introduction to special education. Grounded in research and updated to reflect the most current thinking and standards of the field, the book provides students with the skills and knowledge to become successful teachers. Richard Gargiulo and new co-author Emily Bouck encourage a deep awareness and understanding of the human side of special education. Their book provides students a rare look into the lives of exceptional students and their families, as well as the teachers that work with exceptional persons throughout their lives. 

The new edition maintains the broad context and research focus for which the book is known, while expanding on current trends and contemporary issues to better serve both pre-service and in-service teachers of exceptional individuals. The text is organized into two distinct parts to offer students a truly comprehensive and humane understanding of exceptionality. In Part I, readers are provided strong foundational perspective on broad topics that affect all individuals with an exceptionality. In Part II, the authors engage students with thorough examinations of individual exceptionalities, and discuss historical, personal, and educational details of each exceptionality as it affects a person across the lifespan.

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Special Features
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
A Special Thank-You to Our Filming Participants
 
About the Contributors
 
About the Authors
 
PART 1. Foundations of Special Education
 
1. Special Education in Context: People, Concepts, and Perspectives
Definitions and Terminology  
Categories and Labels  
Prevalence of Children and Young Adults With Disabilities  
A Brief History of the Development of Special Education  
Professionals Who Work With Individuals With Exceptionalities  
Cooperative Teaching  
Universal Design for Learning  
Exceptionality Across the Life Span  
 
2. Policies, Practices, and Programs
Litigation and Legislation Affecting Special Education  
Educational Reform: Standards-Based Education  
Civil Rights Legislation  
Identification and Assessment of Individual Differences  
Referral and Assessment for Special Education  
Designing Individualized Instructional Programs  
Service Delivery Options: Where a Special Education Is Provided  
 
3. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Exceptionality
Cultural Diversity: The Changing Face of a Nation  
Multicultural Education, Bilingual Education, and Student Diversity  
Disproportionate Representation of Minority Students in Special Education Programs  
Issues in Assessing Students From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups  
Educational Programming for Students With Exceptionalities Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse  
 
4. Parents, Families, and Exceptionality
Parent–Professional Relationships: Changing Roles  
A Family Systems Approach  
The Effects of a Child’s Disability on Parents and the Family  
Stages of Parental Reaction to Disability  
Disability and the Family  
Working With Families Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse  
Cultural Reactions to Disability  
Suggestions for Facilitating Family and Professional Partnerships  
 
5. Assistive Technology
Technology in Education  
Assistive Technology  
History and Legislation of Assistive Technology  
Assistive Technology Decision Making  
Assistive Technology and the IEP  
Assistive Technology Categorization  
Devices and Tools  
Issues With Assistive Technology  
Assistive Technology Future Trends  
 
PART 2. A Study of Individuals With Special Needs
 
6. Individuals With Intellectual Disability
Defining Intellectual Disability: An Evolving Process  
Assessing Intellectual Ability and Adaptive Behavior  
Classification of Individuals With Intellectual Disability  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Intellectual Disability  
Etiology of Intellectual Disability  
Characteristics of Individuals With Intellectual Disability  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Intellectual Disability  
Transition Into Adulthood  
Adults With Intellectual Disability  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Intellectual Disability  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
7. Individuals With Learning Disabilities
Defining Learning Disabilities  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Learning Disabilities  
Etiology of Learning Disabilities  
Characteristics of Individuals With Learning Disabilities  
Assessment of Learning Disabilities  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Learning Disabilities  
Transition Into Adulthood  
Adults With Learning Disabilities  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Learning Disabilities  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
8. Individuals With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Defining Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
Etiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
Characteristics of Individuals With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
Assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
Educational Considerations  
Adolescents and Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With ADHD  
 
9. Individuals With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Defining Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Classification of Individuals With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Etiology of Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Prevention of Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Characteristics of Children and Youth With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Assessing Students With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Transition Into Adulthood  
Adults With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Family-Centered Interventions  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
10. Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Defining Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Evolving Process  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Characteristics of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Transition Into Adulthood  
Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
11. Individuals With Speech and Language Impairments
The Nature of Speech, Language, and Communication  
Defining Speech and Language Impairments  
Classifying Speech and Language Impairments  
Historical Perspectives  
Prevalence of Speech and Language Impairments  
Etiology of Speech and Language Impairments  
Prevention of Speech and Language Impairments  
Characteristics of Individuals With Speech and Language Impairments  
Assessing Speech and Language Impairments  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Speech and Language Impairments  
Adolescents and Adults With Speech and Language Impairments  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Speech and Language Impairments  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
12. Individuals With Hearing Impairments
Definitions and Concepts in the Field of Hearing Impairment  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Hearing Impairment  
Etiology of Hearing Impairment  
Characteristics of Individuals With Hearing Impairments  
Assessment of Individuals With Hearing Impairments  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Hearing Impairments  
Transition and Individuals With Hearing Impairments  
Services for Adults With Hearing Impairments  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Hearing Impairments  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
13. Individuals With Visual Impairments
Defining Visual Impairments  
The Eye and How It Works  
Classification of Visual Impairments  
A Brief History of Visual Impairments  
Prevalence of Visual Impairments  
The Vision Process and Etiology of Visual Impairments  
Prevention of Visual Impairments  
Characteristics of Individuals With Visual Impairments  
Travel Skills  
Assessment of Students With Visual Impairments  
Educational Considerations  
Orientation and Mobility  
Young Children With Visual Impairments  
Transition Into Adulthood  
Adults With Visual Impairments  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Visual Impairments  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
14. Individuals With Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities
Defining Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
A Brief History of the Field  
Prevalence of Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Etiology of Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Characteristics of Individuals With Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Assessment of Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children With Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Transition Into Adulthood  
Adults With Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals With Physical Disabilities, Health Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
15. Individuals Who Are Gifted and Talented
Defining Giftedness: Refining the Meaning  
Assessing Giftedness and Talent  
Differences Among Children Who Are Gifted and Talented  
A Brief History of the Field of Gifted and Talented Education  
Prevalence of Giftedness and Talent  
Etiology of Giftedness and Talent  
Characteristics of Individuals Who Are Gifted and Talented  
Educational Considerations  
Services for Young Children Who Are Gifted and Talented  
Adolescents and Adults Who Are Gifted and Talented  
Family Issues  
Issues of Diversity  
Technology and Individuals Who Are Gifted and Talented  
Trends, Issues, and Controversies  
 
Postscript
 
Appendix A: Federal Definitions of Disabilities
 
Appendix B: Professional Standards Council for Exceptional Children
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

I'm in the field of education for forty five years. My last eleven have been as Coordinator of Graduate Education Department and I'm my years as a Special Educator, Principal, Adjunct and now Senior Clinical Lecturer I've NEVER utilized a better instructional support than Special Education in Contemporary Society. It is by far the BEST and most up to date treatment of Exceptionality you will EVER find!

Professor Richard McMahon
Education Dept, Iona College
April 28, 2017
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:     
  • Journal Cases from the CEC journal Teaching Exceptional Children are included in the margins. The authors provide reflective questions for each article to probe students’ thinking to encourage readers to consider the professional literature as a rich source of information.
  • Video Cases featuring real-world classrooms are included in the margins to show students real teachers at work. Reflection questions encourage students to apply what they see to chapter content and their own classroom strategies.
  • A discussion of the Every Student Success Act (ESEA), the new educational law that went into effect December 2015, is included.
  • A new recurring feature Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning, with proven strategies to improve student learning, has been added.
  • New chapter-opening vignettes in Chapters 6, 10, and 13.
  • Expanded coverage of Unified English Braille in Chapter 13.
  • References have been completely revised and updated to reflect the most current thinking in the field.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Chapter-opening vignettes in the categorical chapters, primarily written by parents of children with disabilities, offer personal stories on the exceptionality studied in a specific chapter. Through these vignettes, students gain a firsthand, vivid account of these parents, their fears and frustrations, their accomplishments and triumphs, and the issues they face on a daily basis.
  • Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning boxes provide instructional strategies, tips, techniques, and other ideas for the classroom.
  • The Insight feature contains relevant information that adds depth and insight to particular discussion topics.
  • The First Person feature adds a human touch to the information students are learning. These stories, written by or about individuals with exceptionalities, provide an up close and personal encounter with children, adults, and families.
  • The Making Inclusion Work feature highlights special and general educators offering candid perspectives and practical advice about providing services to students with special needs in inclusive settings.
  • Each chapter concludes with study questions designed to help students focus on key chapter content and gauge their understanding of the material.
  • A series of learning activities bring the content to life, many asking students to engage in a wide variety of meaningful and worthwhile tasks.
  • A list of professional organizations and associations to contact is provided to those seeking additional information about a topic of particular interest.


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