John W. Jacobson conceived of this book, recruited most of the contributors, and served as the Senior Editor until his untimely death from rapidly progressing lung cancer on May 8, 2004. The book was about two-thirds done at that point. He had recognized that this project, and a related work on controversial issues in developmental disabilities treatment that was actually nearly ready for submission when he died (Jacobson, Foxx, & Mulick, 2005), needed to be turned over to his coeditors for completion. The work of completing this book was daunting for a single editor and progress floundered, so Professor Johannes Rojahn of George Mason University was recruited to serve as coeditor. Professor Rojahn had collaborated with both Jacobson and Mulick on many projects in the past, shared many of the same philosophical and scientific values that guided the original selection of topics and contributors, and agreed that the work was both important and sorely needed for the field. The happy result of this collaboration is before you, and simply would not have been there without the dedicated work of Professor Rojahn and his students in moving the project forward to completion. But the book is fundamentally a result of Jacobson's vision, vast knowledge of the field, and many professional relationships with the best minds currently working in this area.
Jacobson was a civil servant, behavior analyst, scholar, editor, teacher, professional, futurist, and advocate for science and rational services for people with disabilities. His many contacts included leaders in government, professional psychology, and academe. He was generous with his time, frequently helping researchers to improve their research designs and parents to find and access high quality services for their children with developmental disabilities. He helped when he was asked, whether or not he knew previously the person requesting his assistance. He was genuinely friendly whenever friendship was offered to him. So many people sought his guidance in so many fields related to developmental disabilities, psychology, and applied research that his absence is sorely felt on at least three continents by scientists, professionals, and consumers of disability services alike. He was an internationalist and organizer, and consequently he earned recognition and leadership positions in learned societies, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the American
Psychological Association, the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, and the American Association on Mental Retardation. There are many facets to his scientific and professional legacy, but perhaps none so fitting as a representative summary of his true avocation and life's work as this contribution to the next generation of scientists and professionals; hence, we, the editors and contributors will always think of this work in his memory as Jacobson's Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
James A. Mulick Johannes Rojahn
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