The Praeger International Handbook of Special Education
by Michael L. Wehmeyer and James R. Patton, Editors
June 2017, 1156pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3113-3
$179, £133, 155€, A242
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The passage of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities established a new standard, through Article 24, for the education of students with disabilities.

This handbook provides a concise overview of special education services in countries across the world, using the Article on Education in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as the analytical frame.

The Praeger International Handbook of Special Education presents a concise and clear overview of special education services in more than 70 countries across the world using the Article on Education in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities as the analytical frame. Each chapter offers information about the country in general, followed by sections on the public education system, the private education system, the special education system, teacher training requirements, and barriers to and promising trends in inclusive and special education. The volumes and chapters are organized by the United Nations Geoscheme, with Volume 1 including an overview of the volumes and chapters on countries in the Americas, Volume 2 addressing countries from Europe and Africa, and Volume 3 focusing on countries in Asia and Oceania.

This is the most complete exploration of the delivery of supports and services to children and youth with disabilities across the globe available. The volumes do not compare among or between countries, but rather provide a baseline for understanding current special education practices and their relationship with general education and inclusive practices across the globe. Readers will come away with an in-depth understanding of what is happening with regard to the implementation of special education services and Article 24 of the Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities. This valuable reference set serves researchers, graduate students, and policymakers in special and general education as well as professionals focused on issues of education worldwide and scholars focused on international special education. As such, this handbook will be an important reference source for university libraries, professional associations, and policy entities.


  • Provides a comprehensive scope and broad coverage that addresses more than 70 countries, regions, and provinces across virtually every part of the world
  • Offers information on each nation or area on the public education system, private education system, special education system, teacher training requirements, and barriers to inclusive and special education
  • Presents both information about current practices in special education and promising new trends likely to take hold in the future
Michael L. Wehmeyer, PhD, is the Ross and Mariana Beach distinguished professor of special education and director of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. His research focuses on self-determination, strengths-based approaches to disability, and the education of learners with extensive support needs.

James R. Patton, PhD, is an independent consultant and adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary areas of professional activity are transition assessment and planning, differentiating instruction for students with special needs in inclusive settings, study skills instruction, needs of college students with learning-related challenges, and issues associated with individual with disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system.


"By viewing the needs of people—regardless of where they live—as being similar and the universal design for learning that can be utilized to help each child learn, the reader can begin to draw a cohesive picture of education across continents. . . . By organizing each volume according to countries within specified continents, it is easy to locate the country of interest and read information specific to special education services in that country. Overall, The Praeger International Handbook of Special Education is an excellent resource that can provide information for many to become more global learners and global educators."—ARBA, October 2, 2017

"The handbook has the potential to influence global policy because its examination of how special-education students are treated in 70 different countries offers a decidedly international outlook. . . . There does not appear to be any work quite like this comprehensive work. . . . The set is highly recommended for all education collections and will particularly interest advanced researchers, professionals, and policy makers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."—Choice, February 1, 2018
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