Implications of Strengths-Based Models of Disability for the Education of Students with Intellectual Disability

Authored by: Michael L. Wehmeyer , Karrie A. Shogren

Handbook of Research-Based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138832091
eBook ISBN: 9781315736198
Adobe ISBN: 9781317566243


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The first three chapters have built a case for the importance of strengths-based approaches emphasizing social-ecological models of disability and a supports paradigm for the education of students with intellectual disability. In this chapter, we examine how practice in special education is shaped by these strengths-based approaches and what methods and strategies become important in such contexts. This chapter, in essence, serves as an advance organizer for content in the remaining chapters.

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