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ERIC Number: ED494525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 358
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-9408-9893-4
What is Mental Retardation? Ideas for an Evolving Disability in the 21st Century
Switzky, Harvey N., Ed.; Greenspan, Stephen, Ed.
American Association on Mental Retardation
This book is a rare peek into the divergent--and at times contentious--points of view among world's leading researchers on what the condition of mental retardation is and how it should be defined, measured, and implemented in the 21st century. It is a candid and insightful collection of essays from experts on issues ranging from whether mental retardation really is a slowing of mental development and what the disability should be called, to how cultural norms affect the definition of the condition worldwide. Students, researchers, teachers, and practitioners--will find a forum that is passionate and engaging. This group of professionals, is truly concerned about the welfare of persons with intellectual disabilities and view mental retardation as a condition that can be enhanced by the provision of supports as opposed to a static, lifelong disability. Following a dedication, 3 forewords, and a preface, this book is divided into three parts: (1) The Concept of Mental Retardation: Critical Issues 2005; (2) The 2002 AAMR System and Its Critics and Supporters; and (3) Emerging Models and Definitions of Mental Retardation.
American Association on Mental Retardation. Available from: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 444 North Capitol Street NW Suite 846, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-387-1968; Fax: 202-387-2193; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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