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date: 20 February 2020

(p. xv) Preface

(p. xv) Preface

Our goal with this volume was to update developments in the field of developmental theory and research as they apply to the study of persons with intellectual disability (ID). Although the volume is not entirely exhaustive on the topic, it reflects the excellence of the work in the field and the vast contributions of developmental researchers, their thinking, and their science. As noted in the opening and closing chapters of the volume, we clearly know considerably more about persons with ID than we did even a decade or two ago. And this knowledge provides us a map, or maybe many maps, to the direction(s) that we need to follow to continue to both better our science and to better the lives of persons with ID. With these goals in mind, we dedicate this volume to Eunice Shriver, who devoted so much of her life and used her position in the world to advance the well-being of persons with ID and their families.

As is the case with any edited volume, the success of this handbook was mostly contingent on folks other than those who have their name on the front cover. Accordingly, we are grateful to many. First and foremost, we are indebted to the authors of the various chapters who agreed to share the fruits of their hard work and scholarship, and uniformly provided excellent contributions. We thank Catharine Carlin, who enthusiastically recruited this volume and provided both friendship and sage advice throughout the long, but enjoyable, process. We thank Sarah Harrington who took over as the OUP editor of the volume near the beginning of the production phase and provided much support and insight about maximizing the contribution of the volume. We thank Chad Zimmerman, the Development Editor at OUP for his positive and upbeat work on the beginning stages of the transformation of the manuscript into a book. We thank Antonio Orrantia and Emily Perry, the Production Editors at OUP, and Aravind Raveendran, the Project Manager from Glyph International, for their thorough and thoughtful managing of the volume as it is being prepared for publication. We thank Phil Porter for allowing us to use his artwork on the cover, and Marsha Seltzer and Pat Mitchell of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin for suggesting and arranging the use of Mr. Porter's artwork. We are grateful to the many members of the McGill Youth Study Team (MYST) who, under the guidance of Heidi Flores, formatted and edited the volume; they include Janice LaGiorgia, Stephanie Rishikof, Ariel Stee, Kira Barey, Kara Soerono, Colin Campbell, Elaina Zendegui, France Laine, Dana Hayward, Fallyn Leibovitch, Alexandra DʼArrisso, Cassandra Rodgers, Jenny Hoppenheim, and Megan McConnell. The work on the volume by the MYST members and by Jacob A. (Jake) Burack was supported by a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to JAB.

(p. xvi) We hope that this project is consistent with the legacy of Eunice Shriver, and that it contributes in meaningful ways to bettering the lives and the positions in life of persons with ID and of their families.

Jacob A. Burack, Robert M. Hodapp, Grace Iarocci, and Edward Zigler