ERIC Number: ED244487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Obstacles to Parental Involvement: A Study of Barriers to Participation in the Educational Process Faced by Black, Low Income, Inner City Parents of Handicapped Children. [Final Report].
Lowry, Mary S.
To identify obstacles to involvement of Black, low income, innercity parents in the education of handicapped children 56 parents were interviewed. Transcriptions of the interviews revealed parents' feelings towards needs assessment, service delivery, information, attitudinal, and situational factors. In addition, patterns and recurrent themes in parents' experiences were noted. Demographic findings revealed a picture that included strong perceptions of assertiveness and relatively high interest in child advocacy groups and national, state, and local associations. Among informational and situational barriers identified were transportation problems, sense of social isolation, and feelings of helplessness brought on by lack of education and lack of knowledge about available services. Only 34% believed that there were community organizations successfully helping Black parents of handicapped children. While the majority of parents indicated satisfaction with the school programs of their children, parents were found to be acutely aware of shortcomings in their child's placements. A substantial minority (38.9%) indicated they were unfamiliar with P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act) and its provisions for handicapped children. Twelve recommendations were made, including emphasis on developing special information to be distributed in urban areas and training human service personnel to encourage parent involvement. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Research Projects Branch.
Authoring Institution: Parents Campaign for Handicapped Children and Youth, Washington, DC. Closer Look.