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Enhancing diversity : educators with disabilities
Anderson, Ronald J.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Press, [1998]

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xiii, 285 pages ; 26 cm
I. Identifying the issues. Issues of race, ethnicity, disability, and culture / James R. Yates, Alba A. Ortiz, and Ronald J. Anderson. II. Validating the concerns : research on educators with disabilities. Trials and tribulations of a teacher with learning disabilities through his first two years of employment / Paul J. Gerber -- I never felt disabled until I came into special education : reflections of two preservice teachers with disabilities / Christine C. Gover and Dianne Raeke Ferrell -- Preparation and employment experiences of educators with disabilities / Joan M. Karp and Clayton E. Keller. III. Examining contextual factors. Understanding and improving the career development of educators with disabilities / Clayton E. Keller -- The process of becoming an educator / H. William Heller -- The requirements and demands of being an educator / Festus E. Obiakor ... [et al.] -- Legislation, litigation, standards, regulations, policies, and other oughts / Terrel L. Rhodes and Roger G. Brown -- Attitudes toward educators with disabilities / Ronald J. Anderson -- The role of support systems for educators with disabilities / Ronald J. Anderson and Joan M. Karp -- Advocacy and educators with disabilites : emerging issues and opportunities / Harlan Hahn.

IV. Fostering opportunities. Issues and practices in the recruitment and retention of deaf and hard of hearing teachers / Judith Coryell ... [et al.] -- Policies and practices within professional organizations / Clayton E. Keller, Christine G. Givner, and Dianne Raeke Ferrell. V. Recommending actions. A guide for decision making and action / Joan M. Karp, Ronald J. Anderson, and Clayton E. Keller.
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The 43 million people with disabilities form this country's largest minority group, yet they are markedly under-employed as educators. Enhancing Diversity: Educators with Disabilities paves the way for correcting this costly omission. Editors Anderson, Karp, and Keller have called upon the knowledge of 19 other renowned contributors to address the important issues raised in Enhancing Diversity, including the place of disability in discussions of diversity in education, research on educators with disabilities that validates their capabilities, and information on the qualifications desired in and the demands made of education professionals. Legal precedents are cited and explained, and examples of efforts to place disabled educators are presented, along with recommendations on how disabled individuals and school administrators can work toward increased opportunities. Interviews with 25 disabled educators discussing how they satisfactorily fulfill their professional requirements completes this thoughtful-provoking book.

Author Notes

Ronald J. Anderson was Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, NC.

Clayton E. Keller is Statewide Special Education Workforce Specialist for the Metro Educational Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU) in Minneapolis, MN.

Joan M. Karp is Associate Professor of Special Education and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, in the College of Education and Human Services Professions at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN.

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Education is a major social undertaking in any society; in the US, it involves hundreds of thousands of professionals working in more than 30,000 school districts, serving millions of children. Since the 1960s, American public education has changed in a number of significant ways, not the least of which are in terms of the effects of the Civil Rights Movement and in the education of individuals with various special needs. Although closely related, these two sets of changes have often been discussed and addressed as essentially separate matters, by educators as well as policy makers. Only in recent years has the development of disability studies begun to impact the ways in which issues of both diversity and ability/disability are conceptualized, and the two areas have increasingly come to be seen as necessarily closely related with respect to educational policy and practice. Enhancing Diversity: Educators with Disabilities is an important contribution to this discussion, serving as a valuable starting point in clarifying the issues, concerns, and challenges posed by efforts to include people with disabilities in the professional educational workforce. Recommended for faculty, researchers, and practitioners. T. Reagan University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

Clayton E. Keller and Ronald J. Anderson and Joan M. KarpJames R. Yates and Alba A. Ortiz and Ronald J. AndersonPaul J. GerberChristine C. Givner and Dianne Raeke FerrellJoan M. Karp and Clayton E. KellerClayton E. KellerH. William HellerFestus E. Obiakor and Sharon Karr and Cheryl Utley and Bob AlgozzineTerrel L. Rhodes and Roger G. BrownRonald J. AndersonRonald J. Anderson and Joan M. KarpHarlan HahnJudith Coryell and Robert T. Mobley and Thomas K. Holcomb and Charles KatzClayton E. Keller and Christine C. Givner and Dianne Raeke FerrellJoan M. Karp and Ronald J. Anderson and Clayton E. Keller
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
In Memoriamp. xi
Contributorsp. xii
Part 1 Identifying the Issues
Introductionp. 3
Vickie's Storyp. 14
1 Issues of Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Culturep. 21
Part 2 Validating the Concerns: Research on Educators with Disabilities
2 Trials and Tribulations of a Teacher with Learning Disabilities through His First Two Years of Employmentp. 41
3 I Never Felt Disabled Until I Came into Special Education: Reflections of Two Preservice Teachers with Disabilitiesp. 60
4 Preparation and Employment Experiences of Educators with Disabilitiesp. 74
Part 3 Examining Contextual Factors
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: The Career Pathp. 89
5 Understanding and Improving the Career Development of Educators with Disabilitiesp. 98
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: The Preparation and Employment Processp. 114
6 The Process of Becoming an Educatorp. 122
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: The Requirements of Educational Professionsp. 136
7 The Requirements and Demands of Being an Educatorp. 142
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: Legal Issuesp. 155
8 Legislation, Litigation, Standards, Regulations, Policies, and Other Oughtsp. 160
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: Attitudes toward Themp. 172
9 Attitudes toward Educators with Disabilitiesp. 180
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: Support Systemsp. 191
10 The Role of Support Systems for Educators with Disabilitiesp. 201
Stories from Educators with Disabilities: Disability Perspectivesp. 218
11 Advocacy and Educators with Disabilities: Emerging Issues and Opportunitiesp. 225
Part 4 Fostering Opportunities
12 Issues and Practices in the Recruitment and Retention of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teachersp. 239
13 Policies and Practices within Professional Organizationsp. 251
Part 5 Recommending Actions
Beth's Story: Clear Communication and a Sensitive Workplacep. 269
14 A Guide for Decision Making and Actionp. 272
Indexp. 281