This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores education issues for people with disabilities and is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which examines topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.

Biographies of Key Contributors in the Field

Biographies of Key Contributors in the Field

Biographies of key contributors in the field

A large number of individuals have made significant contributions to the development of special education for persons with disabilities. The biographical sketches in this chapter, presented in alphabetical order, profile some of those individuals and their contributions.

American Founder of the Discipline of Applied Behavior Analysis

Donald M. Baer was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 25, 1931, to George and Ida (Feldman) Baer, Jewish immigrants from Belorussia. Raised in Chicago, he earned both his bachelor's degree (in 1950) and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology (in 1957) from the University of Chicago. He then joined the faculty at the University of Washington, where he and colleague Sidney W. Bijou established the “behavior analysis” ...

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