FROM ORIGINS TO
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES, special education has been the subject of a renascent interest, promoted by a global commitment to the rights of children generally and to their right to schooling specifically. Countries around the world have expanded their commitment of provisions to students with special needs. For some, this expansion has been a surge; for others, it has been a gradual increase—a continuation of policies, programs, and practices long in place. The salience of, even the controversy surrounding, special education has led its ideals and practices to turn the tables on regular education. At the very least, special education has moved out from under the shadows of regular education. In many respects, special education has seized the limelight, illustrating the diverse future of schooling itself, even as it offers its expertise in meeting the learning needs of diverse student bodies.