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  • Designing Positive Behavior Support Plans (Second edi...

    This AAIDD bestseller is a step-by-step, concise, and easy-to-read reference for school teams, providers, students, and parents to understand, design, and evaluate positive behavior support (PBS) plans for students with developmental disabilities.

    “This book should be required reading for every teacher, practitioner, and parent of children with and without disabilities. Few books parallel its comprehensiveness.” Lynn Koegel, Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center/Director, Santa Barbara, California
    “This text is a gem because it addresses the concepts of Positive Behavior Support without compromising on scientific integrity or overloading the reader with obscure behavioral terms. I will definitely refer to this text in my staff development programs in the future.”
    Will Overfelt, Autism Outreach Services, Buncombe County Schools

    “A clear, engaging, and informative presentation on how to implement PBS effectively in schools, this state-of-the-art book reflects the very best there is in science-based practical  approaches for minimizing problem behavior and producing meaningful  quality of life. A handy resource that can be used on a daily basis by teachers and other professionals.” Edward Carr, PhD, Leading Professor, Department of Psychology, State University of New York

    “The updated and expanded second edition of Designing Positive Behavior Support Plans can be used as an excellent resource for classroom and workshop instruction of positive behavior support plan development for parents, teachers, and undergraduates students.” Duke Schell, Director of Psychology, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

    “This book is small but powerful! Bambara and Knoster provide an easy-to-use manual that guides educational teams in understanding and applying the principles of Positive Behavior Support across school and community settings. I anticipate using the book for many years to come.” Martha E. Snell, PhD, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville


    -Provides a clear conceptual framework on PBS to think critically about how to approach a student’s problem behavior proactively
    -Includes detailed directions on using functional behavioral assessments to design individualized PBS plans for children with examples and completed forms
    -Clearly illustrates contents of comprehensive PBS including: a) prevention through antecedent and setting event modifications; b) teaching alternate skills; c) designing consequence interventions; and d) creating long-term supports
    -Includes an abridged version of the assessment process for students with less intensive problem behavior
    -Comes with a comprehensive case study, two sample support plans, a progress evaluation summary, and frequently asked questions

    By implementing these empirical strategies, professionals and parents can not only manage to reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors, but enhance the quality of life of a child with a developmental disability.

    What sets the book apart
    -Unique user-friendly format, with examples, tips, forms, and checklists that make it a handy reference for school teams, students, providers, and parents.
    -A best seller! Proven history of working well for professionals in developmental disability
    -Information and strategies laid out in the book facilitate the work of school personnel and contribute to a more respectful and caring environment
    -Written by two well-known experts in PBS—Linda M. Bambara andTimothy P. Knoster
    -Published by AAIDD, a leader in developmental disability information since 1876

    New to the second edition
    -Twice the subject matter of first edition reflecting updates to PBS over past decade
    -Discussion on School Wide Positive Behavior Support and guiding principles in creating effective support plans
    -New sections on collaboration and teaming—why it is important, ways to organize school teams, and considerations for person-centered plans
    -List of tools for conducting functional assessments and how to select them
    -New chapter on implementing support plans successfully
    -An updated comprehensive resource bibliography and research-based references

    Year : 2009
    Author : Linda M. Bambara and Timothy P. Knoster


    • End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intelle...

      While care for people with developmental disabilities has undergone revolutionary improvements, it still isn't unusual for some to wonder why people with developmental disabilities should consider aggressive medical management in specific situations. Further, palliative care for people with intellectual disability is riddled with medical, ethical, and legal complexities for which most professionals receive little training and can turn to very few resources for help.  

      End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities presents a comprehensive framework under which professionals and families can make decisions that are thoughtful, ethical, and most importantly, respect the wishes of individuals with disabilities. 

      Benefits of End-of-Life Care

      • Provides factual insights into major medical, ethical, legal, and spiritual issues in end-of-life care to help professionals and families make decisions respecting individual preferences and family values within medically-indicated treatment plans
      • Protects people with disabilities who are dying from discrimination and unfair treatment by providing the first comprehensive and concrete framework under which to make major decisions
      • Dispels myths on controversial subjects such as Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Persistent Vegetative State
      • Presents in-depth information regarding medical conditions encountered at the end of life including neurological, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, endocrinal, and sensory problems as well as issues associated with behavior, orthopedic and bone health, infections, and metabolism
      • Helps understand how to anticipate upcoming needs of patients and how to secure resources to assist them for successful planning at the end of life
      • Presents historical and foundational materials in end-of-life care, including critical events that have affected the current state of palliative care and practice in medicine, law, and ethics
      • Provides perspectives from a diverse group of authors including practicing physicians, medical ethicist, attorneys, sociologists, and gerontologists
      • Recognize the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patients, their families, and caregivers
      • Identifies the challenge of providing nutritional support at the end-of-life

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      People Planning Ahead: Communicating Healthcare and End-of Life Wishes
      People Planning Ahead provides a comprehensive and structured way to ensure that loved ones receive care respecting their wishes and conforming to their personal, cultural, and religious beliefs during times of chronic and terminal illness, or severe disability.

      Praise for End-of-Life Care

      "Discussing many issues surrounding it, from medical advancements, political debates, ethics, and more, End-of-Life Care will prove to be a useful resource and reference for those who are professional caretakers and are not certain how to deal with caring with terminal cases." 
      Library Bookwatch: October 2010

      "This book will be most helpful to all human service professionals and care providers, including those who do not work with individuals with developmental disabilities. The issues raised by the authors are human, universal and eventually affecting all of us. This book should be in the library of any professional and care provider.” 
      Ludwik S. Szymanski, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

      Comprehensive, and compelling, this book is an essential resource for any professional engaged in planning end-of-life care across the lifespan for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” 
      Elizabeth Perkins, 
      Year : 2010
      Author : David T. Helm and Sandra L. Friedman


      • Forging a Federal-State Partnership:A History of Stat...

        Forging a Federal-State Partnership provides an insider’s view of how the federal government assumed a dominant role in disability policy between the Kennedy and Obama eras. The book highlights the roles played by the federal government and the states in disability policy. Specifically, it focuses on the emergence of Medicaid as the primary funding source for intellectual and developmental disability services. The book offers a perspective on the evolution of public policy which is missing from most renditions of disability history.

        Features and Benefits

        Gain an insider’s view of how the federal government assumed a predominant role in the disability policy arena between the Kennedy era and Obama era. Learn about the many ways in which the sometimes contentious interactions between the federal government and the states have influenced public policy outcomes. In particular, readers will learn about: 
        • Federal disability assistance programs in the pre-Medicaid era – including legislation enacted during the Kennedy administration – and how these programs influenced the direction of subsequent national disability policies;
        • The influence of the Developmental Disabilities Act on federal-state policy over the past four decades;
        • The emergence of the Medicaid program as the primary source of funding for public ID/DD services, from the creation of the ICF/MR coverage option, to the establishment of the home and community-based waiver authority, to Medicaid policy in the post-health reform era;
        • The critical role litigation has played in shaping public policy toward persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities;  
        • The impact of Social Security and SSI payments on the availability of ID/DD services; and
        • An insightful analysis of issues which are likely to shape the direction of future federal-state policy toward persons with lifelong disabilities.

        This is a unique history of the revolutionary changes in public policy toward persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the past fifty years, written by a close observer of the events as they unfolded.

        Audience for the Book

        The primary audience for Forging a Federal-State Partnership includes faculty and students of government policy, disability agency officials, disability providers and  trainers. Executive branch officials, legislative staff, and analysts of disability policy also should be interested in this book. In addition, the contents are relevant to case managers, clinicians, and other professionals working directly with persons with developmental disabilities.

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        State of the State in Developmental Disabilties
        The State of the State in Developmental Disabilties is a thorough and one-of-a-kind investigation on public spending, revenues, and programmatic trends in intellectual and developmental services within the United States and contains a 4-page “report card” on each state’s performance in disability spending.

        Year : 2011
        Author : Robert Gettings


        • Good Blood Bad Blood (E-pub)

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          Year : 2012
          Author : J. David and Michael L. Wehmeyer


          • Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth ...

            At the vortex of the American eugenics tragedy was the seemingly sordid tale of a “degenerate” family from rural New Jersey.Published in 1912, The Kallikak Family was a pseudoscientific treatise describing generations of illiterate, poor, and purportedly immoral Kallikak family members who were chronically unemployed, “feebleminded,” criminal, and, in general, perceived asthreats to “racial hygiene.” Psychologist Henry Herbert Goddard invented the pseudonym “Kallikak”—from the Greek words Kallos (beauty) and Kakos (bad)—to illustrate the eugenic belief in the role of nature and heredity as unalterable forces leading to degeneracy, and his tale of the contrasting fates of the disparate Kallikak ancestral lines reigned for decades as seemingly conclusive proof of the hereditary nature of intelligence, feeblemindedness, criminal behavior, and degeneracy. The starting point for Goddard’s moral tale was “Deborah Kallikak,” an inmate at his institution for the feebleminded.
            Incredibly, as revealed in detail for the first time in Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks, Goddard was completely wrong. No degenerate line descended from the purported Kallikak progenitor. There were only people—some of whom had resources and access to education, others of whom were poor, uneducated, and cast into the cauldron that was urban America at the dawn of the Industrial Age. The pseudonymous “Deborah Kallikak” became the poster child for societal fears regarding immigration, heredity, and racial integration, the flames of which were fanned by a select group of well-educated, upper class, American scientists marching under the banner of the new “science” of eugenics.
            In the 100 years since publication of The Kallikak Family, the woman Goddard called “Deborah” has remained in the shadows of history, known only by the name forced upon her. Using new source material, Good Blood, Bad Blood tells her story in its entirety—in dramatic, narrative style—for the first time. It is a landmark publication in disability studies, vital to understanding of both this specific American tragedy and the history of efforts to manipulate the human population.

            You may purchase the e-book version of Good Blood, Bad Blood by clicking here

            Year : 2012
            Author : J. David Smith and Michael L. Wehmeyer


            • Health Promotion for Persons with Intellectual and De...

              While promoting good health among people with intellectual disabilities is much discussed as a public priority, there is no literature that recapitulates the state of the science in the area of health promotion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This publication, based on a national conference conducted by AAIDD (Formerly AAMR), summarizes current research on 14 topics that affect the health and well being of persons with intellectual disabilities in the hope of informing research, policy, clinical, and health care initiatives. The book provides a solid basis for developing interventions and solutions to eliminate health disparities among persons with intellectual disabilities. The topics explored in this report are: hypertension; obesity; swallowing dysfunction/dysphagia; epilepsy; mental health; physical activity and fitness; women’s health; safety/injury and violence; case management and care coordination; alternative and complementary medicine; tobacco and substance abuse; secondary conditions risk appraisal for adults; and general health of persons with intellectual disabilities

              Year : 2005
              Author : Wendy M. Nehring, Ed.


              • Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, ...

                By Robert L. Schalock, Sharon A. Borthwick-Duffy, Valerie J. Bradley,  Wil H.E. Buntinx, David L. Coulter,  Ellis M. (Pat) Craig, ; Sharon C. Gomez,  Yves Lachapelle, Ruth Luckasson, Alya Reeve,  Karrie A. Shogren,  Martha E. Snell, Scott Spreat, Marc J. Tassé, James R. Thompson,  Miguel A. Verdugo-Alonso,  Michael L. Wehmeyer, and Mark H. Yeager

                This manual contains the most current and authoritative information and knowledge on intellectual disability, including best practice guidelines on diagnosing and classifying intellectual disability and developing a system of supports for people living with an intellectual disability.  Written by a committee of 18 experts, Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports (11th edition) is based on seven years of work on: (1) a synthesis of current information and best practices regarding intellectual disability; (2) numerous reviews and critiques of the 10th edition of the AAIDD definition manual; and (3) feedback from the field regarding a series of articles published by the Committee. This is the first official AAIDD definition manual with the terminology “Intellectual Disability.”

                Featuring Best Practice Guidelines and Discussion for Professionals

                 Here’s how you can benefit from this best practice manual:  
                • Learn an authoritative definition and diagnostic system of intellectual disability designed to give you a thorough and step-by-step understanding of all the factors that go into determining intellectual disability.
                • Consult expert guidelines on critical issues such as the role of assessment in the diagnostic process, challenges faced in quantifying intelligence, evaluating the role of IQ in making a diagnosis, and how to assess adaptive behavior.
                • Understand key clinical judgment strategies to enhance the validity and precision of a clinician’s decision on the diagnosis of intellectual disability.
                • Discover the relationship between the AAIDD System and other diagnostic systems.
                • Read detailed discussions on the 10 dimensions of support areas in a person’s life and various approaches to individualized service planning.
                • Learn about the unique needs of people with intellectual disability with higher IQs.
                • Learn how to apply the AAIDD Definition System within special education systems, public policy initiatives, and provider organizations. 
                You may purchase the e-book version of Intellectual Disability by clicking here

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                User's Guide
                This practical User's Guide to the 2010 AAIDD Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports manual informs clinicians, educators, policy makers, and program managers how to implement the various components of the AAIDD definition system in their specific job settings. The authors discuss the contemporary relevance of the supports-based AAIDD definition in the context of issues ranging from special education practices and IDEA mandates, to diagnosing individuals with higher IQ and conducting retroactive diagnoses. Policy makers and program managers will benefit from discussions on how the supports paradigm can improve quality outcomes, and how the current system incorporates the consensus in the field to utilize a supportsbased approach.

                Praise for the 11th Edition

                “The 11th edition of the AAIDD Definition Manual continues our progress in both describing a person with an intellectual disability in several dimensions, not solely based on IQ or Adaptive Behavior, and integrating further the concept of supports into the definition and practice.  Refinements based on an extensive feedback system, both in the field and in peer-reviewed literature are incorporated making the 11th edition the most advanced tool of its kind.” 
                Steven M. Eidelman, Professor and Co-Director, National Leadership Consortium, University of Delaware
                "An excellent, up-to-date reference enthusiastically recommended for college library collections and teh resource shelves of aspiring and practicising psychologists." 
                Library Bookwatch, February 2010

                “An indispensable desk-top reference and primer on assessing intellectual disability that includes a compendium of leading practices on structuring effective life-long supports.” 
                 Renee L. Pietrangelo, CEO, ANCOR

                Year : 2010
                Author :


                • Negotiating the Social Borderlands: Portraits of Youn...

                  Negotiating the Social Borderlands: Portraits of Young People with Disabilities and Their Struggles for Positive Relationships provides readers with narratives of the lives of three young people with significant disabilities.
                  The author uses portraiture to narrate the stories of three young people and to capture the myriad dimensions of each unique individual. These portraits expose a balance between empirical description and aesthetic expression and provide a singular view into the nuances and complexities of each young person’s life, while depicting their unique social contexts and how they fit within those milieux.
                  Never losing sight of the dimensions of the selves of these notable young people and the contexts in which they exist, the author presents the qualitative techniques of inquiry she used to examine the complexities involved in the co-constructions of meaning among the young people and their communication partners. Without wavering, she explores their deep relationships and the contexts where positive reciprocal relationships developed between young people with disabilities and nondisabled people and how these relationships evolved from the perspectives of the participants. 
                  Negotiating the Social Borderlands, an unapologeticpresentation of a remarkable set of portrait narratives, is written for a broad audience and, thus, offers an inherently complex and sensitive portrayal of three personal stories in which a variety of contextualized issues can be examined and discussed in light of each readers’ practices, policies, and perspectives.

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                  Year : 2013
                  Author : Janet Sauer


                  • Negotiating the Social Borderlands: Portraits of Youn...

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                    Year : 2013
                    Author : Janet Sauer


                    • Nuts & Bolts: Writing Outstanding Journal Articles (E...

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                      Year : 2012
                      Author : AAIDD