Using the metaphor of masks, this text explores the many ways in which giftedness (intellectual potential) has been overlooked because of an individual's cultural group, handicap, or challenging condition. It is beneficial to teachers, administrators, undergraduate students, counselors, parents, and those interested in multicultural perspectives and/or special education. This book is unique because the emphasis on diversity is echoed in the international perspective through the collaboration of contributors from the United States, Australia and Ukraine. Readers are presented with practical suggestions to help "lift the masks" and provide a more appropriate education to develop the intellectual strengths of these children.
Table of Contents
PART 1: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHALLENGES: THE KALEIDOSCOPIC MASK.
1. African-Americans: USA.
2. Hispanic Americans: USA.
3. Aboriginal Populations: Australia.
4. Immigrant Non-English Speaking Populations: Australia.
5. Totalitarian Societies: The Ukraine.
PART 2: LEARNING DISABILITY: THE MYSTERIOUS MASK.
6. USA Perspective. An Australian Case Study.
PART 3: SENSORY AND PHYSICAL CHALLENGES: THE HIDDEN MASK.
7. The Deaf.
8. Vision Impairment.
9. Cerebral Palsy.
PART 4: AUTISM: THE SILENT MASK.
10. USA Perspective. An Australian Case Study.
PART 5: EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE: THE BEGUILING MASK.
11. USA Perspective.
12. Australian Perspective.
CONCLUSION: Potential Unmasked: Lessons from this Book.