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ERIC Number: ED204900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
How Much Do Black Parents with Exceptional Children Really Know About P.L. 94-142 and It's Significance for Them: A Survey.
Boone, Rosalie; Smith, Patricia
Given the expectation of education personnel that parents should be passive participants in the educational planning process and given the historical lack of access to information experienced by many culturally diverse parents, an attempt was made to ascertain the knowledge level of 13 Black parents with handicapped children with regard to specific tenets of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Among findings were that questions receiving the least number of affirmative responses were those dealing with hearings, the individualized education program, free appropriate education, and evaluation; although six parents stated they had been invited to a planning meeting with school personnel, an almost equal number stated they had not been invited; and only six of the 13 parents recalled having signed forms necessary to place their child in special education. Among recommendations drawn from findings were that the educational level of the parents should be known before sending out written communication, that a positive approach be taken beginning with some of the child's positive attributes, and that care be taken to make sure parents have a clear understanding of what is being communicated. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Black Child (New Orleans, LA, February, 1981, Session M-24).