This thoroughly compelling book is a compilation of 45 essays from experts in the fields of Special Education, Sociology, History, Social Work, Psychology, and others. The selections span all of the disability categories. Its goal is to support a high level of optimism with thought-provoking and appealing readings. Contributors from a broad array of fields contribute to the scope of the readings, enriching readers' knowledge of the issues and ideas involved in the special education arena. Themes include historical and sociological analyses, research and thought, challenges, public policy issues, transition issues, relationships, instructional practices, and social, emotional and behavioral issues in the classroom. While obviously this book will serve special education educators, it can also be compelling reading for those who work in any area of this field, including sociologists, historians, those in social work, psychologists, and therapists.