A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Second Edition

Volume Editors: Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ivan Brown, Maire Percy, W. L. Alan Fung, Karrie A. Shogren

Format: Hardcover, 784 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598576023
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The trusted core disability textbook gets a comprehensive update in this second edition, now thoroughly revised to include all the critical topics today's professionals need to know about as they work with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brought to you by a new team of world-renowned experts and contributors, this volume fully prepares future educators, social workers, researchers, and clinicians to provide the best services and supports to children and adults across the life span. Tomorrow's professionals will discover what to do and how to do it as they prepare for their important work, and they'll refer to this user-friendly compendium year after year for information, insights, and answers. A cornerstone text for any course focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities—and an essential reference for every in-service professional's library.


  • Broad and deep, with thorough, up-to-date information on intervention, education, family roles, health issues, specific disabilities, and much more
  • Life span–focused, with topics ranging from genetics and development to issues related to aging
  • Multidisciplinary, blending research and personal experiences of more than 70 esteemed authors from diverse fields
  • Immediately applicable, presenting both the facts and practical, real-world advice on meeting the individual needs of people with disabilities
  • Student friendly, with learning objectives, instructive case stories, stimulating questions for reflection, and key Internet resources

WHATS NEW: New co-editors and contributors * New and extensively updated chapters on critical topics, including AAC and technology, autism spectrum disorder, advocacy and self-advocacy, communication challenges, family issues, human development and genetics, legal and ethical considerations, and psychopharmacology

SELECTED TOPICS COVERED: assessment and diagnosis * behavior and mental health * brain plasticity * cerebral palsy * decision making and consent * Down syndrome * early development and intervention * education * employment * epilepsy * fetal alcohol spectrum disorder * fragile X syndrome * gender issues in developmental disabilities * international human rights * nutritional considerations * parenting * physical health * service systems and approaches * transition from school to adult life


Review by: James Patton, Department of Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin
“The book discusses not only fundamental information about intellectual and other developmental disabilities but also critical topics that are often shrouded in misunderstanding such as cultural/linguistic differences, mental health, and sexuality issues.”
Review by: Anthony Antosh, Rhode Island College
“A very comprehensive text and a thorough examination of the multiple factors that explain and influence the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The text summarizes the history, the science, and the systems that have been part of the developmental disability movement. It explains the changing paradigms that have evolved from thinking about disability as a stereotype into our current understanding of person-centeredness, individual lifestyles and self-advocacy. This text will benefit both researchers and practitioners and will increase their efficacy to design and implement supports that assist individuals to lead lives of their choosing.”
Review by: Margaret Nygren, Executive Director and CEO of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
“In a rapidly changing field, this exceptional work identifies relevant historical and cutting-edge information regarding intellectual and developmental disabilities, and makes the material accessible to a broad audience. Readers will appreciate the presentation of core and practical information along with the exploration of the many contexts that influence the lives of people with disabilities.”
Review by: Trevor Parmenter, Professor Emeritus, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Past President (1996-2000) of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
“This outstanding book, which provides one of the most contemporary and authoritative life-span perspectives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be an invaluable resource for the full range of people, including families, who support this population. Despite the rigorous evidence-based approach by highly respected contributors, this book provides a very readable exposition of the most critical issues affecting this small but significant population in our community. The editors are to be congratulated for their expertise in distilling a range of compelling issues which will inform all who aspire to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities world-wide.”
Review by: Susan Palmer, Research Professor, University of Kansas
“This second edition text has revised, updated, and new chapters that provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues, realities, current research, and best practices that affect the lives of people with special needs. Some authors are the same, others have been added to keep this volume as current as possible and provide a multidisciplinary perspective, within rapidly changing research and practice”
Review by: Erik Carter, Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University
“This compelling resource is striking in both its breadth and depth, bringing together for readers the very best of what we know in our field. The authors weave history, research, policy, practice, and values into a thoughtful and comprehensive text.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors

I. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Today's Context
  1. What Is Meant by the Terms Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities?
    Ivan Brown, Michael L. Wehmeyer, and Karrie A. Shogren

  2. Historical Overview of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Ivan Brown, John P. Radford, and Michael L. Wehmeyer

  3. Changing Perspectives on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Michael Bach

  4. Trends and Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Trevor R. Parmenter and James R. Thompson

  5. International Human Rights and Intellectual Disability
    Paula Campos Pinto, Marcia H. Rioux, and Bengt Lindqvist

  6. Advocacy and Legal Considerations to Ensure Civil Rights
    Peter Blanck, Tina Campanella, and Jonathan G. Martinis

  7. Self-Advocacy
    Karrie A. Shogren

  8. Making Services More Effective Through Research and Evaluation: An Introductory Guide
    Barry J. Isaacs
II. Human Development
  1. Introduction to Early Development: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
    Maire Percy and Chet D. Johnson

  2. Introduction to Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Maire Percy, Sheldon Z. Lewkis, Miles D. Thompson, Ivan Brown, Deborah Barbouth, and F. Daniel Armstrong

  3. Introduction to the Nervous Systems
    William MacKay and Maire Percy

  4. Brain Plasticity
    Jan Scholz and Jason P. Lerch
III. Etiology and Conditions
  1. Factors Causing or Contributing to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Maire Percy, Ivan Brown, and Wai Lun Alan Fung

  2. Down Syndrome
    Anna J. Esbensen and William E. MacLean, Jr.

  3. Fragile X Syndrome
    Cynthia J. Forster-Gibson and Jeanette Jeltje Anne Holden

  4. Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Adrienne Perry, Julie Koudys, Glen Dunlap, and Anne Black

  5. 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
    Nancy J. Butcher, Erik Boot, Joanne C. Y. Loo, Donna McDonald-McGinn, Anne S. Bassett, and Wai Lun Alan Fung

  6. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Part I: Diagnosis, Neurobehavioral Functions, and Interventions in Children
    Catherine McClain, E. Louise Kodituwakku, and Piyadasa W. Kodituwakku

  7. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Part II: Challenges in Adulthood
    Valerie K. Temple, Leeping Tao, and Trudy Clifford

  8. Cerebral Palsy
    Darcy Fehlings and Carolyn Hunt

  9. Other Syndromes and Conditions Associated with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Maire Percy, Miles D. Thompson, Ivan Brown, Wai Lun Alan Fung, and Others

  10. Epilepsy
    W. McIntyre Burnham

  11. Introduction to Behavior and Mental Health
    Maire Percy, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Ivan Brown, and Angela Hassiotis
IV. Support and Intervention
  1. An Introduction to Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions, and Services
    Ivan Brown and Maire Percy

  2. Introduction to Intellectual and Developmental Disability Service Systems and Service Approaches
    Ivan Brown, Diane Galambos, Denise Poston Stahl, and Ann P. Turnbull

  3. The Roles, Skills, and Competencies of Direct Support Professionals
    Amy S. Hewitt and Matthew Bogenschutz

  4. Responding to Cultural and Linguistic Differences Among People with Intellectual Disability
    Tawara D. Goode, Wendy Alegra Jones, and Joan Christopher

  5. Behavioral Intervention
    Rosemary A. Condillac and Daniel Baker

  6. Challenging Families, Challenging Service Systems: A Positive Intervention Model
    J. Dale Munro

  7. Psychopharmacology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Jessica A. Hellings and Kenneth Boss

  8. Speech, Language, and Communication Assessments and Interventions
    Nancy Brady and Laura Hahn

  9. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    Cathy Binger and Jennifer Kent-Walsh
V. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through the Life Span
  1. The First 1,000 Days of Fetal and Infant Development
    Maire Percy, Karolina Machalek, Ivan Brown, Paula E. Pasquali, and Wai Lun Alan Fung

  2. Early Intervention for Young Children
    Elaine B. Frankel, Kathryn Underwood, and Peggy Goldstein

  3. Maltreatment of Children with Developmental Disabilities
    Ann Fudge Schormans and Dick Sobsey

  4. Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren, and Ivan Brown

  5. The Transition from School to Adult Life
    Ivan Brown, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Kristine Weist Webb, and Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore

  6. Work and Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Richard G. Luecking and Amy Dwyre DAgati

  7. Lifestyles of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Pat Rogan

  8. Providing Support that Enhances a Family's Quality of Life
    Heather M. Aldersey, Ann P. Turnbull, and Patricia Minnes

  9. Sexuality and People Who Have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: From Myth to Emerging Practices
    Dorothy Griffiths, Stephanie Ioannou, and Jordan Hoath

  10. Parenting by People with Intellectual Disability
    Marjorie Aunos, Maurice Feldman, Ella Callow, Traci LaLiberte, and Elizabeth Lightfoot

  11. Gender Issues in Developmental Disabilities
    Kruti Acharya, Abigail Schindler, and Tamar Heller

  12. Aging
    Philip McCallion, Nancy Jokinen, and Matthew P. Janicki
VI. Health
  1. Ethics of Decision Making and Consent in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    John Heng and William F. Sullivan

  2. Physical Health
    Tom Cheetham and Shirley McMillan

  3. People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs
    Jane Summers, Robert Fletcher, and Elspeth Bradley

  4. Nutritional Considerations for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Diana R. Mager

  5. Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Implications for People with Down Syndrome and Other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
    Vee P. Prasher, Matthew P. Janicki, Emoke Jozsvai, Joseph M. Berg, John S. Lovering, Ambreen Rashid, Wai Lun Alan Fung, and Maire Percy
VII. The Future
  1. Future Trends and Advances in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Michael L. Wehmeyer and Karrie A. Shogren

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