The chapter on collaboration is an excellent addition that most texts of this type do not include, and I believe it is a unique, positive feature of this text. None of the introductory texts I've looked at have had such a thorough introduction to this topic. Cynthia HerrUniversity of Oregon I like the balance achieved between professional delivery and family need. This degree of collaboration is long overdue and is welcomed. James A. SidersThe University of Southern Mississippi One strength of the text is that ...the parents are clearly included as a component of the team rather than an outside party. Philip Lee GunterValdosta State University This exciting new text's contemporary treatment of special education prepares teachers for their role in the education and well being of students with special needs. Some features include ... Real People, Real Stories: Special Education bring the experience of people with disabilities to life for your students. The text includes powerful stories of people with disabilities and the stories of the people who live and work with them. Validated Teaching Practices: This text is filled with information and teaching approaches, strategies, and tips based on validated, peer-reviewed research findings. Specialized Instruction highlights teaching applications for intensive instruction delivered by special education teachers in various educational settings. Inclusion Matters presents teaching applications for students with various needs in general education settings. Collaboration in Action explores the practical applications of collaborative school relationships. Positive Behavior Supports illustrates the many positive, proactive ways to address student behavior/social issues as part of overall classroom teaching and learning. Unique Content Coverage: Recurring sections in all chapters include discussion of critical areas such as content area learning, social and emotional characteristics, early childhood, transition, parents and families, inclusive practices, best educational practices, and current trends and issues.Marilyn Friend is the author of 'Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals, MyLabSchool Edition', published 2004 under ISBN 9780205459100 and ISBN 0205459102.