ERIC Number: ED201091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Meeting the Needs of Low Income Families with Handicapped Children.
Sullivan, Otha Richard
The paper examines special needs of low income families with handicapped children. The author asserts that parents must become acquainted with their rights under P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. The need of these families for advocates is underlined. Generalizations held by many people about low income families are examined: that poor people don't want anything and can accept any evaluation of children as accurate and final; that assessments can be made without the parents' input; that low income children cannot and do not want to learn; that low income parents don't want to become involved with the school and other agencies; and that nothing wll help poor people. Ways in which educators and human service workers can help are summarized, including ensuring that educational programs are accountable and making the rights of handicapped children a community concern. (CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.