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Expanding on its widely respected and unique focus on the critical role of professionals in education, psychology, counseling, health care, and human services, HUMAN EXCEPTIONALITY: SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, AND FAMILY, 12th Edition, is an evidence-based testament to how cross-professional collaboration enhances the lives of exceptional individuals and their families. This text's unique lifespan approach combines powerful research, evidence-based practices, and inspiring stories, engendering passion and empathy and enhancing the lives of individuals with exceptionalities. Designed to help students experience individuals with disabilities and their families in a personal and intimate fashion, HUMAN EXCEPTIONALITY is an excellent resource for preparing both preservice and practicing teachers, as well as a range of other human services professionals in the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, and the health sciences.

Michael L. Hardman, University of Utah

Dr. Michael L. Hardman's distinguished career includes positions at the University of Utah as Interim Senior Vice President (Provost) for Academic Affairs, Dean and Professor in the College of Education, University Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring, associate dean for research, and chair of the Department of Special Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning. Other accomplishments include being appointed Governor's Representative to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education and serving as Senior Education Advisor to the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, as past president of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education, and on the International Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children. He has directed or consulted on numerous international projects on school improvement for U.S. AID, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and UNICEF. He has numerous publications in national journals and has authored several successful college textbooks. As a researcher, he has directed international and national demonstration projects in the areas of educational policy and reform, developmental disabilities, professional development, inclusive education, transition from school to adult life, and preparing tomorrow's leaders in special education.

M. Winston Egan, Brigham Young University

M. Winston Egan, professor emeritus and past chair of the Teacher Education Department in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, has taught children of all ages, preschool through high school. He began his special education career at Utah Boys Ranch. His writings appear in Behavior Disorders, Journal of Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Special Education, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, American Journal of Distance Education, Journal of Special Education, Rural Special Education Quarterly, and Teaching and Teacher Education. He has been honored with several university teaching awards including Professor of the Year, Blue Key National Honor Society at Brigham Young University; and Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School of Education, University of Utah. He has also been an associate of the National Network of Education Renewal (NNER). His interests include distance education, teacher socialization and development, education for democracy, and emotional/behavior disorders in children and youth.

Clifford J. Drew, University of Utah

Dr. Clifford J. Drew is a professor in Special Education and Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He spent ten years in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and has been with the University of Utah since 1971. He has over 110 scholarly contributions, including books, chapters, and articles as well as national and international presentations; and more than $11 million in federal, state, and private sector grants to his credit. His articles have appeared in Exceptional Children, American Journal of Mental Deficiency, Psychology Reports, Psychonomic Science, Science, Mental Retardation, Journal of the School of Psychology, School of Psychology Review, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and American Journal of Family Therapy, among others. His academic interests include research methods, human development and disabilities, applications of information technology, and outreach in higher education.
  • Education MindTap® is a first-of-its-kind digital solution that prepares future teachers by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and competencies they must demonstrate to earn an education degree and state licensure, and to begin and develop a successful career. Through activities based on real-life teaching situations, MindTap elevates students' thinking by giving them experiences in applying concepts, practicing skills, and evaluating decisions, guiding them to become reflective educators. Authentic high-quality videos filmed in real classrooms demonstrate how in-service teachers and other personnel, such as physical and occupational therapists, support students with exceptionalities using current evidence-based practices.
  • Delivering the most current evidence-based research available on the lives of people who are exceptional, the twelfth edition contains nearly 1,200 citations from sources published within the last decade, including many published within the last two years.
  • *UPDATED* Several new "Case Studies on Embracing Diversity," several of which are new, focus on people who are exceptional and come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Each Case Study includes prompts for student reflection on how to best support each individual featured. For example, students meet  Ana, a first-grader from an impoverished and abusive home environment where English language usage is limited (Ch. 5); Halgan, a recent refugee from Somalia and single mother whose son has severe disabilities (Ch. 6); ten-year-old Leon, a boy with emotional/behavioral disorders (Ch. 8); and Xeeb, a Laotian boy with a hearing loss (Ch. 13).
  • Major new and updated sections discuss evidenced-based practices in inclusive school programs, universal design for learning and adaptive instruction, and multi-tiered systems of support, a.k.a. response-to-intervention (Chapter 3). Other expanded coverage appears in Chapter 5, "Cultural and Linguistic Diversity"; Chapter 7, "Learning Disabilities"; and Chapter 11, "Autism Spectrum Disorders". In addition, the most current information on positive behavioral support (PBS) appears in Chapter 8, and expanded and updated coverage of attention deficit hyperactive disorder in Chapter 14.
  • *UPDATED* "Learning Through Social Media" boxes in each chapter provide excerpts from blogs written by people with disabilities or a family member, giving students insight into the lives of individuals with exceptionalities. These boxes also offer information about the increasing use of social media in educational programs for all students, including those with exceptionalities.
  • The book emphasizes a positive, person-centered approach to the lives of people with exceptionalities in the twenty-first century. This approach is reinforced with a beginning-of-chapter section, "A Changing Era in the Lives of People with Disabilities" and the chapter-concluding section, "Looking Toward a Bright Future".
  • A helpful learning and study system includes chapter-opening "Learning Objectives" and concepts tied to major headings throughout the chapter, and chapter-ending "Chapter Review" sections. Content corresponds with the 2012 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards; icons in the margins highlight the relevant standards and standards-related material. A complete listing of the CEC Content Standards, and a handy correlation guide showing where specific standards are covered in each chapter, appear on the book's inside covers.
  • Popular boxed features spark individual reflection and classroom discussion. These include "Community Support for Lifelong Inclusion", which provides practical tips on ways families, educators, and the community can interact with, include, communicate with, or teach people who are exceptional throughout the individual's lifespan; "Reflect on This", which highlights interesting and relevant information about exceptionality and concludes with a question for student reflection; and "Snapshot" features that offer personal insights into the lives of individuals who are exceptional and challenge students' preconceived notions of what it means to be exceptional.
  • "Assistive Technology" features introduce new and exciting innovations in the use of computer-based learning, augmentative communication, and instructional design.
1. Understanding Exceptionalities in the 21st Century.
2. Education for All.
3. Inclusion and Multidisciplinary Collaboration in the Early Childhood and Elementary School Years.
4. Secondary Education and Transition Planning.
5. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.
6. Exceptionalities and Families.
7. Learning Disabilities.
8. Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.
9. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
10. Communication Disorders.
11. Autism Spectrum Disorders.
12. Severe and Multiple Disabilities.
13. Sensory Disabilities: Hearing and Vision Loss.
14. Physical Disabilities and Other Health Disorders.
15. Gifted, Creative, and Talented.
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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305639430
An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

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These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture, by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

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