New Directions in Special Education

New Directions in Special Education Eliminating Ableism in Policy and Practice

Thomas Hehir
Pub. Date: January 2005
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-006-5
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2005
ISBN-13: 9781891792618
Price: $32.00

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A comprehensive study that is also practical and realistic, New Directions in Special Education outlines principles for decisionmaking about special education at every level—from the family to the classroom, school, and district—and for state and federal policy.


An absolute must-read for every educator and policymaker in the field. This book is by far the most comprehensive effort to date about where we've been, where we are, and where we should be heading. It provides the reader with solid strategies for system accountability, instruction, and assessment, and it provides the basis upon which educational equity can be achieved for students with disabilities. — Judy Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, Long Beach (Calif.) United School District

This book is indispensable for all school administrators. Hehir describes with enormous clarity the final battle on the civil rights front in America—making sure that disabled students receive a quality education. If you are looking for the right thing to do rather than mere compliance, you’ll cherish the message and the meaning of this remarkable discussion by a first-rate scholar/practitioner. — Carl A. Cohn, Superintendent, San Diego City Schools

Thomas Hehir’s book should be required reading for education practitioners, students, disability advocates, and parents throughout the United States and abroad. His unique professional background, coupled with deep insights into the effect of ableist views on disabled people, results in a book that shows how to improve both students’ outcomes and educators’ satisfaction with their performance. — Judith E. Heumann, Advisor for Disability and Development, World Bank

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About the Author

Thomas Hehir is a professor of practice and the director of the School Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He served as director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs from 1993 to 1999.

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Introduction (PDF)

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