American Special Education: A History of Early Political Advocacy

American Special Education: A History of Early Political Advocacy

by Gerard Giordano


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This book is an account of the epic struggle for special education in America’s schools. It chronicles the actions of community leaders, families, caregivers, instructors, physicians, scientists, lawyers, judges, lawmakers, businesspersons, journalists, social activists, and persons with disabilities. It details the creation of facilities in which special learners would be safe, productive, independent, respected, and self-fulfilled. The book discusses techniques for assessing the presence, scope, and etiology of disabilities. Finally, American Special Education describes novel, sometimes expensive, and frequently controversial interventions, and places each development within the remarkable confluence of social and political circumstances that propelled the transformation of special education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820486956
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2007
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

The Author: Gerard Giordano is a research professor at the University of North Florida. He is the author of two tests, nearly two hundred articles and book chapters, as well as seven books, including, most recently, Twentieth-Century Textbook Wars (Peter Lang, 2003), Wartime Schools (Peter Lang, 2004), and, How Testing Came to Dominate American Schools (Peter Lang, 2005).

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