ERIC Number: ED218818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Disabled Children and Their Families: The Impact of Public Law 94-142. Revised Final Report--Year I.
Sullivan, Mary Beth; And Others
The report details the case studies of six families with disabled children, ranging in age from 6 to 18 years, as part of a study to investigate the impact of P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act). An introduction points out that a naturalistic case study approach was used to address the parents experiences with P.L. 94-142, as well as the Massachusetts special education law, Chapter 766. Case studies make up the bulk of the document with excerpts given from tape recorded interviews. Among the topics touched on are the mainstreaming of a developmentally disabled child, the parent as advocate, the inefficiency of the process in implementing a disabled boy's individualized education program (IEP), use of the court to obtain proper school services for a neurologically handicapped child, the IEP team meeting, and parent involvement in development of the IEP. Parents' experiences are analyzed in terms of five provisions of the law: protection in evaluation procedures, the IEP, the least restrictive environment, due process, and parental involvement. Noted among findings are that parents are often excluded from the evaluation process, parents report intimidation and poor parent-professional communication during the IEP meeting, parents generally have low confidence in the classroom teacher's competence with regard to mainstreaming, parents likely to exercise due process are emotionally capable of coping with a lengthy battle with the school system and have an adequate understanding of their rights under the law, and parents are rarely valued as partners in the planning of their children's programs. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cambridge Workshop, Inc., Belmont, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act