Using the goal of community integration as a coherent, unifying conceptual focus, this book presents the applied research and information that readers can use as they work with the mentally retarded. Additionally, this is a book with "heart," built on the premise that the coverage is not designed simply to appeal to readers' intellect, but to their emotional and relational experience, as well.
Crane (behavioral sciences, College of Mount St. Joseph) discusses mental retardation with a focus upon community integration. Her three guiding principles are that people with mental retardation are a legitimate part of their communities; effective service delivery<-- >whether educational, medical, psychological, or related to supported employment and living<-->depends upon interdisciplinary collaboration; and a clear understanding requires a systems perspective. The 16 chapters cover understanding mental retardation, etiology and prevention, developing skills and abilities, and community life (roles, rights, and responsibilities). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)