New directions in special education: eliminating ableism in policy and practice

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Harvard Education Press, Nov 30, 2005 - Education - 211 pages
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With this groundbreaking volume, leading scholar and disability advocate Thomas Hehir opens a new round of debate on the future of special education. Hehir traces the roots of "ableism"--the pervasive devaluation of people with disabilities--and shows how these negative attitudes continue to shape debates in the field. He then assesses recent trends in special education policy and discusses the successes and limitations of the inclusion movement. Hehir also investigates the impact of standards-based reform on children with disabilities and explores the promise of universal design for learning. A comprehensive study that is also practical and realistic, New Directions in Special Education outlines principles for decisionmaking about special education at every level--from family to the classroom, school, and district--and for state and federal policy.

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I've got to give props to my former professor Tom Hehir. This is a terrific book for anyone interested in learning more about promoting inclusive practices in the classroom. Read full review


Defining Ablelsm in Education
Making the Right Educational Decisions for Students
Inclusive Education

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