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Edited by Michael L. Wehmeyer

The Story of Intellectual Disability

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Catalog No. 28406Chapter Authors: Ellis M. Craig PhD, Dianne L. Ferguson PhD, Philip M. Ferguson PhD, Steven Noll PhD, Robert L. Schalock PhD, J. David Smith EdD, Michael L. Wehmeyer PhD, FAAIDD, Parnel Wickham PhD

Accessible, engaging, and filled with contributions by the country's most celebrated disability experts, this fascinating volume skillfully captures how intellectual disability has been understood from prehistoric times to present. Readers will discover how different societies have responded to people with disability throughout history, how life has changed for people with intellectual disability and their families over the centuries, and how key historical figures and events sparked social change and shaped our modern understanding of intellectual disability. Enhanced with remarkable images and illustrations, including exclusive photos from the editor's private collection of cultural artifacts, this informal history is a must-read for anyone devoted to improving the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Top experts explore:

... Early ideas about the causes of intellectual disability

... Evolution of the concept of intellectual disability

... The role of religion in the ancient world's understanding of disability

... Changing approaches to education and intervention

... The rise and fall of the institution system

... Depictions of intellectual disability in film, literature, and art

... State-sanctioned sterilization programs in the twentieth century

... The self-advocacy movement

... The emergence and impact of parent associations, support groups, and training programs

... How and why terminology changed throughout the years

...and more

"By using literature, art, philosophy, pseudo-science, film and history, this book provides a glimpse into intellectual disabilities from ancient times to today. It is a must read for anyone involved with people who have ID."--Jim Martin, Zarrow Family Professor of Learning Enrichment, Director of the Zarrow Center, University of Oklahoma

"A beautifully crafted historical anthology . . . If you read only one book about intellectual disability this year, or any year for that matter, this should be that book. If you read two books, read this one twice."--David Braddock, Coleman-Turner Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

"For those who aspire to understand the past in order to better navigate the present and prepare for the future, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the field of intellectual and related developmental disabilities from pre-history to today."--James Thompson, President, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD); Professor, Special Education, Illinois State University

"An excellent and systematic review of the history of people with intellectual disabilities . . . Anyone involved in the field of intellectual disabilities will treasure this book." --Miguel Verdugo, Professor and Director at the Institute on Community Integration (INICO) at the University of Salamanca, Spain



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