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The History of Special Education Redux

A Follow-Up Volume Focuses on the Key Events of the 20th Century

The historical literature in the area of special education is narrow and specialized. Save perhaps for the history of deaf education, there is so little comprehensive research that historical development remains a relatively unexplored cul-de-sac within the history of education. As noted in its introduction, From Integration to Inclusion: A History of Special Education in the 20th Century by Margret A. Winzer “makes the forces that shaped special education explicit by mapping the themes in three core areas: social and philosophical perspectives, patterns of evolution in different areas, and the specific time and space of key events.”

The time frame for the focus of this history is the 20th century; the location is North America—the United States and Canada—where development has been parallel and cross-fertilization paramount. Winzer’s original study, the landmark The History of Special Education: From Isolation to Integration, examined the genesis and development of special education and was set largely in the 18th and 19th centuries. In dealing with early developments, it highlighted institutional openings; the contributions of pioneers; the clients served; and the sociological, pedagogical, and philosophical foundations on which special education was erected. From Integration to Inclusion “plays variations of the same themes but examines the huge changes and reforms (as well as the failures and disappointments) that characterize the enterprise of special education throughout the 20th century. However, although this book is a second volume, it is written to stand alone. That is, the material should be logical and reasonable even to readers not acquainted with the first text.”

Read chapter seven, “Going to Public School”, to learn more about this follow-up volume. Order now and receive a savings of 20% off with your exclusive subscriber discount. When ordering online, type “AUG2009” in the box labeled “use promo code” located next to the “checkout” button. You may also order by mail.

In Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology, John Lee Clark showcases for the first time the best works of Deaf poets throughout the nation’s history, including 95 poems by 35 masters from the early 19th century to modern times. Prick of the Spindle, a quarterly online journal of the literary arts, published a glowing review of the poetry collection stating: “Clark’s remarkable volume proves a vital resource, not only for Deaf poetry, but clearly for American poetry as well. The poets whose verse he includes in the anthology are nearly all connected with Gallaudet University, the university for the Deaf and the publisher of the anthology. Clark’s selection of poets is outstanding not only for the quality of its selections, but for the historical and cultural lineage it circumscribes within its biographies. From formalists to free-verse writers to [American Sign Language] ASL poets and performers, each selection is evidence, as Clark writes in the Introduction, that ‘sound is mere medium, not source.’” Read select poems from Deaf American Poetry, and order your copy today.

Elizabeth Thompson’s book Day by Day: The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporter was highlighted in Reference & Research Book News: “Thompson’s hearing loss was first detected when she was around 10 years old. For the last decade she has reported and written a column for the Suburban News Publications (she is based in Ohio). Combining reprinted columns with brand new narration, she tells the story of the years before and after her hearing declined (she later became completely deaf). She takes a lead-by-example approach by humorously advising hard of hearing readers on the importance of resilience in functioning in family, work, and artistic life through means such as hearing aids, FM systems, and guide dogs. Her life story includes a diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, an interest and emerging career in writing poetry, and a recent cochlear implantation that restored 95% of her hearing.” Read more about the fascinating yet challenging life experiences of Elizabeth Thompson in her chapter entitled “You Are One of Millions,” and order Day by Day here.

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