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A History of Children and Disability

reviewed by Robert Rueda - 1997

coverTitle: A History of Children and Disability
Author(s): Elizabeth J. Safford, Phillip J. Safford
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807734853, Pages: , Year: 1996
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In reading this book, several things are clear. First, the context of exceptionality has radically changed over time. As the authors note, this is suggested by the shift in language we use to talk about exceptionality-witness the title of current legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, compared with the 1886 Idiot's Act. Second, almost all of the current issues regarding society's treatment of children and adults with disabilities, and indeed many of the proposed solutions, have a historical precedent. Finally, in spite of changes about how we label and talk about exceptionality, it is clear that as a society, we still do not have wide consensus about how to deal with it. The issue is further clouded when disabilities are considered in the context of poverty as well a language and cultural differences such as those found among ethnic minority communities and among communities of recently arrived immigrants. In the context of the United States, this is best captured in a quote of Barkley (1990), cited... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 1, 1997, p. 213-216
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10268, Date Accessed: 3/1/2021 4:47:22 AM

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