Fundamentals of Special Education: What Every Teacher Needs to Know, Third Edition, continues its tradition of providing students with concise, comprehensive, and consistently organized information in accessible language. Reflecting the latest reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this brief foundational book provides the basic parameters of each disability area and defines the current issues and interventions, helping teachers to understand historical and legal issues that have influenced current practices and interventions. Each categorical chapter has an Issues of Importance section to highlight some of the concerns of students, families, teachers, and other professionals who deal with students with spcial needs on a daily basis. In addition, this edition includes: What Would You Do?-- a feature in every chapter asking you to take the position of a teacher of other concerned individual and reflectively consider a complex situation. What Every Teacher Should Know About Technology-- a feature on current technology in today's schools. A new chapter on Autism Spectrum Disorders (Chapter 7). Updated, contemporary literature, recent research, and expert commentary addressing current trends and issues in the field, leading to the establishment of best practices. Additional information on working with diverse students with special needs as well as partnering with other teachers, families, and service professionals.James R. Tompkins is the author of 'Fundamentals of Special Education: What Every Teacher Needs to Know (3rd Edition)', published 2006 under ISBN 9780131714915 and ISBN 0131714910.