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From The CriticsReviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Abbott Laboratories)
Description:This is an extraordinary text which explores the psychological aspects involved with disability. The second edition boasts well-defined updates to reflect technological advances yet remains as comprehensive and lively as the first edition published in 1981.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an updated text reflective of not only the technological advances for individuals with disabilities but also the legal advances such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. The authors contend that the book serves as a textbook or collateral reading source for students engaged in the study of the psychological aspects of disability and as a general resource for practitioners. Ultimately, the book takes the reader on a journey into disability and the many ethical, moral, legal, and personal battles that ensue. Undoubtedly, this is a book worthy of reading and fully meets the author's objectives.
Audience:This book is intended for students and practitioners in the field of rehabilitation as well as the associated allied health and vocational service disciplines. What is unique about this book is that any mental health professional will benefit from the compassionate and thought-provoking case vignettes and the authors' unique ways of grabbing your attention. The authors' credibility is without question.
Features:The book covers a tremendous amount of ground while maintaining the reader's attention and interest. Some notable areas are the discussions of sexuality, independent living, family dynamics, education, employment, and friendship. I especially found the interweaving of case vignettes in each chapter a terrific highlight which helped to solidify and personalize the authors' many positive and realistic messages.
Assessment:This is truly a wonderful book which captures the struggles and achievements of those disabled. As there are few books which dare to explore this topic, and considerably fewer which can discuss this topic in such great detail, this book earns a well-deserved place in the classroom, in the library, and on the shelves of those in the field. Excellent work!