The 43 million people with disabilities form this country’s largest minority group, yet they are markedly under-employed as educators. Enhancing Diversity: Educators with Disabilities paves the way for correcting this costly omission. Editors Anderson, Karp, and Keller have called upon the knowledge of 19 other renowned contributors to address the important issues raised in Enhancing Diversity, including the place of disability in discussions of diversity in education, research on educators with disabilities that validates their capabilities, and information on the qualifications desired in and the demands made of education professionals. Legal precedents are cited and explained, and examples of efforts to place disabled educators are presented, along with recommendations on how disabled individuals and school administrators can work toward increased opportunities. Interviews with 25 disabled educators discussing how they satisfactorily fulfill their professional requirements completes this thoughtful-provoking book.
Ronald J. Anderson was Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, NC.
Clayton E. Keller is Statewide Special Education Workforce Specialist for the Metro Educational Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU) in Minneapolis, MN.
Joan M. Karp is Associate Professor of Special Education and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, in the College of Education and Human Services Professions at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN.