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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 the family to the classroom, school, and district—and for state and federal policy. With this volume, leading scholar and disability advocate Thomas Hehir opens a new round of debate on the future 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 the family to the classroom, school, and district—and for state and federal policy. With this volume, leading scholar and disability advocate Thomas Hehir opens a new round of debate on the future of special education. Extending the conceptual framework developed in his seminal 2002 article in the Harvard Educational Review, "Eliminating Ableism in Education," Hehir examines the ways that cultural attitudes about disability systematically distort the education of children with special needs and uses this analysis to lay out a fresh approach to special education policy and practice. Hehir traces the roots of "ableism"—the pervasive devaluation of people with disabilities—and shows how negative attitudes continue to shape debates in the field. He assesses recent trends in special education policy, particularly the shift of emphasis from compliance to outcomes, and discusses in depth the successes and limitations of the inclusion movement. He also investigates the impact of standards-based reforms on children with disabilities and critically examines the promise of Universal Design for Learning.


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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 the family to the classroom, school, and district—and for state and federal policy. With this volume, leading scholar and disability advocate Thomas Hehir opens a new round of debate on the future 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 the family to the classroom, school, and district—and for state and federal policy. With this volume, leading scholar and disability advocate Thomas Hehir opens a new round of debate on the future of special education. Extending the conceptual framework developed in his seminal 2002 article in the Harvard Educational Review, "Eliminating Ableism in Education," Hehir examines the ways that cultural attitudes about disability systematically distort the education of children with special needs and uses this analysis to lay out a fresh approach to special education policy and practice. Hehir traces the roots of "ableism"—the pervasive devaluation of people with disabilities—and shows how negative attitudes continue to shape debates in the field. He assesses recent trends in special education policy, particularly the shift of emphasis from compliance to outcomes, and discusses in depth the successes and limitations of the inclusion movement. He also investigates the impact of standards-based reforms on children with disabilities and critically examines the promise of Universal Design for Learning.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

    I just completed my first year as a special education interventionist, and this book served as a great resource for me, equipping me with the knowledge I need to be a successful advocate for students with disabilities. Hehir illuminates the sometimes insidious ways ableism shows up in ourselves and our schools and gives research-based ideas on how to be truly inclusive institutions working to advance educational equity for all students.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Clapp

    Very informative without being boring.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Neumann

    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. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy

    only read the intro and Chapter 1 for school, but it was incredibly insightful and informative!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Gabalis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is a must-read for any special-education teacher. Be aware, though, that the author does get a bit theoretical in the last chapter. You need to pay close attention!!

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