After having a student in her classroom for the first time last year, Vicki Faircloth, a Western Carolina University associate professor in the , told colleague David Westling, “This is fabulous. We need to do more. We need to reach out to schools.” It was her first experience with the inclusion of a special needs student.
For anyone who has taken a special education class, there’s a fair chance David Westling wrote the course textbook. Westling has published five major textbooks used in college classes around the nation. Since graduating from UF in 1976 with a doctorate in special education, he has divided his time between teaching and research—studying instruction for students with disabilities and the preparation of special education instructors. He has garnered more than $5.6 million in grant funding in his career and has published over 50 articles in prominent special education publications. Westling has taken his research to an international level; he served as a Fulbright research scholar in Austria in 1994 and was a guest professor in Germany in 1997. Following his travels, he published articles about inclusive practices and support in international schools. He’s now the Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Western Carolina University, where he has taught since 1997. He previously taught at Florida State University for 20 years.
James McLeskey is professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at the University of Florida. He completed his doctoral work at Georgia State University. Dr. McLeskey is the author or co-author of Inclusion: Effective Practices for All Students (with Michael Rosenberg and David Westling, to be published by Pearson 2010); Reflections on Inclusion: Classic Articles that Shaped our Thinking (published by CEC, 2007); and Inclusive Education in Action: Making Differences Ordinary (with Nancy L. Waldron, published by ASCD, 2000). He has worked extensively with local schools as they have developed inclusive schools, and has written numerous articles regarding this work. Michael S. Rosenberg is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Chair of Doctoral Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his doctoral work at Penn State University. A co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education, Dr. Rosenberg is the co-author of Educating Students with Behavior Disorders (with R. Wilson, L. Maheady, & P.T. Sindelar, published by Allyn & Bacon, 2003); Student Teacher To Master Teacher (With L. J. O Shea & D.F O Shea, published in 2006); The Special Education Sourcebook (with Irene Edmond-Rosenberg, published by Woodbine House, 1994); and Inclusion: Effective Practices for All Students (with James McLeskey and David Westling, to be published by Pearson 2010); and numerous publications in professional journals. David L. Westling is the Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Florida. He is the co-author of Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities (with Lise Fox, published by Prentice Hall in 2009); and Inclusion: Effective Practices for All Students (with James McLeskey and Michael Rosenberg, to be published by Pearson 2010); and numerous papers in professional journals. "
David Westling of the Wyoming Public Defender’s Office acknowledged in his opening statement that Osborne’s case would have been difficult for any lawyer to defend. He said the prosecution had an eyewitness; police recovered a weapon; and Osborne, covered in blood, showed up at the police station 12 hours after the attack.