A revolutionary new book that promises to transform special education. Suggests that we use a “diversity” model for students with special needs, rather than a “disability” paradigm. Explores the strengths, talents, and abilities of students with special needs (autism, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders). Shows how to construct a positive day-to-day learning experience that fits the unique needs of each child, using key learning strategies, assistive technologies/Universal Design for Learning, human resources, role models, environmental modifications, and affirmative career aspirations. Explains why applying these strength-based concepts makes it easier to align instruction of special needs students with the Common Core State Standards. Provides examples of how to teach and assess specific English language arts and mathematics standards for students with different special needs. Even if you rarely deal with special needs students, taking account of your students’ neurodiversity is an essential new insight for your practice. Publisher: ASCD. ISBN-10: 1416614834 ISBN-13: 978-14166148.