A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Second Edition
Special Education

The trusted core disability textbook gets a comprehensive update in this second edition, now with new co-editors and contributors and updates on critical topics such as AAC, autism, genetics, family issues, and more.

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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

WHAT’S 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

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

  9. II Human Development

  10. Introduction to Early Development: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
    Maire Percy and Chet D. Johnson
  11. 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
  12. Introduction to the Nervous Systems
    William MacKay and Maire Percy
  13. Brain Plasticity
    Jan Scholz and Jason P. Lerch

  14. III Etiology and Conditions

  15. Factors Causing or Contributing to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Maire Percy, Ivan Brown, and Wai Lun Alan Fung
  16. Down Syndrome
    Anna J. Esbensen and William E. MacLean, Jr.
  17. Fragile X Syndrome
    Cynthia J. Forster-Gibson and Jeanette Jeltje Anne Holden
  18. Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Adrienne Perry, Julie Koudys, Glen Dunlap, and Anne Black
  19. 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
    Nancy J. Butcher, Erik Boot, Joanne C. Y. Loo, Donna McDonald-McGinn, Anne S. Bassett, and Wai Lun Alan Fung
  20. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Part I: Diagnosis, Neurobehavioral Functions, and Interventions in Children
    Catherine McClain, E. Louise Kodituwakku, and Piyadasa W. Kodituwakku
  21. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Part II: Challenges in Adulthood
    Valerie K. Temple, Leeping Tao, and Trudy Clifford
  22. Cerebral Palsy
    Darcy Fehlings and Carolyn Hunt
  23. Other Syndromes and Conditions Associated with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Maire Percy, Miles D. Thompson, Ivan Brown, Wai Lun Alan Fung, and Others
  24. Epilepsy
    W. McIntyre Burnham
  25. Introduction to Behavior and Mental Health
    Maire Percy, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Ivan Brown, and Angela Hassiotis

  26. IV Support and Intervention

  27. An Introduction to Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions, and Services
    Ivan Brown and Maire Percy
  28. Introduction to Intellectual and Developmental Disability Service Systems and Service Approaches
    Ivan Brown, Diane Galambos, Denise Poston Stahl, and Ann P. Turnbull
  29. The Roles, Skills, and Competencies of Direct Support Professionals
    Amy S. Hewitt and Matthew Bogenschutz
  30. Responding to Cultural and Linguistic Differences Among People with Intellectual Disability
    Tawara D. Goode, Wendy Alegra Jones, and Joan Christopher
  31. Behavioral Intervention
    Rosemary A. Condillac and Daniel Baker
  32. Challenging Families, Challenging Service Systems: A Positive Intervention Model
    J. Dale Munro
  33. Psychopharmacology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Jessica A. Hellings and Kenneth Boss
  34. Speech, Language, and Communication Assessments and Interventions
    Nancy Brady and Laura Hahn
  35. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    Cathy Binger and Jennifer Kent-Walsh

  36. V Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through the Life Span

  37. The First 1,000 Days of Fetal and Infant Development
    Maire Percy, Karolina Machalek, Ivan Brown, Paula E. Pasquali, and Wai Lun Alan Fung
  38. Early Intervention for Young Children
    Elaine B. Frankel, Kathryn Underwood, and Peggy Goldstein
  39. Maltreatment of Children with Developmental Disabilities
    Ann Fudge Schormans and Dick Sobsey
  40. Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren, and Ivan Brown
  41. The Transition from School to Adult Life
    Ivan Brown, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Kristine Weist Webb, and Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore
  42. Work and Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Richard G. Luecking and Amy Dwyre D’Agati
  43. Lifestyles of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Pat Rogan
  44. Providing Support that Enhances a Family's Quality of Life
    Heather M. Aldersey, Ann P. Turnbull, and Patricia Minnes
  45. Sexuality and People Who Have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: From Myth to Emerging Practices
    Dorothy Griffiths, Stephanie Ioannou, and Jordan Hoath
  46. Parenting by People with Intellectual Disability
    Marjorie Aunos, Maurice Feldman, Ella Callow, Traci LaLiberte, and Elizabeth Lightfoot
  47. Gender Issues in Developmental Disabilities
    Kruti Acharya, Abigail Schindler, and Tamar Heller
  48. Aging
    Philip McCallion, Nancy Jokinen, and Matthew P. Janicki

  49. VI Health

  50. Ethics of Decision Making and Consent in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    John Heng and William F. Sullivan
  51. Physical Health
    Tom Cheetham and Shirley McMillan
  52. People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs
    Jane Summers, Robert Fletcher, and Elspeth Bradley
  53. Nutritional Considerations for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Diana R. Mager
  54. 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

  55. VII The Future

  56. Future Trends and Advances in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Michael L. Wehmeyer and Karrie A. Shogren



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James Patton, Department of Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin - September 26, 2016
“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.”
Anthony Antosh, Rhode Island College - September 23, 2016
“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.”
Margaret Nygren, Executive Director and CEO of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) - September 22, 2016
“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.”
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 - September 21, 2016
“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.”
Susan Palmer, Research Professor, University of Kansas - September 19, 2016
“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”
Erik Carter, Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University - September 19, 2016
“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.”