Idiots: Stories about Mindedness and Mental Retardation (Counterpoints #154) (Paperback)
Idiots: Stories about Mindedness and Mental Retardation is a book about four children and the people who, in many respects, define their humanity. Mindedness is a quality associated with humanity that receives little attention in the scientific literature of mental retardation. The children's stories are written against the prevailing glare of the diagnoses traditional canon. Confronting mental retardation as a socially constructed disease that implies having something less than a mind, this book speaks to the rewards awaiting those who are willing to look beyond the disciplinary boundaries that define the diagnosis.
The Author: R. Daniel Linneman began his career supporting adults with disabilities as a part-time cook in a group home. For the past twenty years, he has worked in a variety of capacities - as front line staff, administrator, and researcher - in and around the lives of people of all ages involved in disability support systems. Linneman is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.