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ERIC Number: ED263698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Challenges in Effectively Involving Rural Black Parents of Handicapped Children.
Glimps, Blanche Jackson
The paper examines the characteristics of black rural families and explores strategies for promoting the parent-school relationship in the education of black rural handicapped children. The importance of families as resources for handicapped children is stressed, although the lack of attention to family and cultural affiliation is seen to reduce the effectiveness of early intervention. Among characteristics noted of black rural families are readily identifiable family structure, a well established relationship between siblings, and a general sense of optimism about the child's future. The paper stresses the need for educators to familiarize themselves with their students' cultural orientation. Strategies for encouraging parent participation in school are suggested, including flexibility in scheduling, alternative meeting formats, and use of black parents in leadership roles within the school. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A