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Mental Retardation Doesn’t Mean “Stupid”! A Guide for Parents and Teachers


reviewed by Phil Smith — December 13, 2006

coverTitle: Mental Retardation Doesn’t Mean “Stupid”! A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Author(s): Robert Evert Cimera
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578863538 , Pages: 296, Year: 2006
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Robert Evert Cimera’s text, Mental Retardation Doesn’t Mean “Stupid”! A Guide for Parents and Teachers, draws on his years of experience as a teacher of students described as having severe intellectual disabilities and behavioral challenges. He’s written it, as his subtitle suggests, in language that is accessible for parents and teachers with little knowledge about people with so-called cognitive impairments; he does a terrific job of explaining difficult topics and all the jargon with which special education is infused. I should point out that the book’s foreword is written by Chris Burke, a man with Down syndrome, who is also an actor (he played Corkie on the television program Life Goes On), musician, editor, and self-advocate. This is a terrific beginning to the text. It opens up a world of possibility for teachers and parents who may feel that the lives of people with developmental disabilities are ones without hope. Cimera defines... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 13, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12890, Date Accessed: 1/19/2018 6:30:48 PM

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