Special Education Arund the World

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This issue of TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC) marks our official passage into the role of co-editors, and we are excited by the challenges that face us. TEC provides high-quality articles that integrate research and practice. Our collective experience tells us that contemporary special educators face new, complex demands when providing services to students with disabilities, and we will focus our efforts to bring to you the best information we can find to help address these issues.

We also intend to expand the ways relevant research and practice can inform the field of special education, and we will work with the CEC staff to further merge the current form of TEC with the world of electronic media. Modern technology has energized publishing; TEC will transform over time in ways that will provide you with current best practices in a more efficient and useful manner. We hope our efforts will allow you to think about your work in new ways, provide you with insight into new techniques that infuse research into practice, and enable you to maintain a commitment to delivering quality education to students with disabilities.

Thanks to the efforts of the staff at CEC, our transition into the role of coeditors has been smooth; and we certainly feel welcome and supported. We are also indebted to outgoing editor Dave Edyburn for establishing the editorial calendar for this volume and this issue, and for graciously giving his time and energy during the transition process. Thanks, Dave!

"Special Education Around the World" is the topic of this issue, and we are pleased to present articles that portray special education in other countries and cultures. We hope that many readers will learn about the special education systems from which some of their students came-and that we all will gain a new perspective on U.S. practice. In "Special Education in Mexico," Terry Shepherd, Diana Contreras, and Randel Brown describe how Mexico has dramatically expanded services for students with disabilities and has adopted an inclusive education policy. They focus their discussion on a Center for Multiple Attention to demonstrate how some people with disabilities are fully integrated into society and educated to become self-sufficient, productive, and independent citizens.

Ya-Shu Kang, David Lovett, and Kathryn Haring report in "Culture and Special Education in Taiwan" on the structure of special education in Taiwan, Republic of China. This perspective provides insight into early intervention for children with disabilities and how Taiwanese families are included and supported during the process.

Hedda Meadan and Thomas Gumpel, authors of "Special Education in Israel," construct their description of how special education is a function of legislation passed in 1988. …