ERIC Number: ED279144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Special Education: A Parent's Case Study.
Smith, Patricia McGill
Written by the parent of a moderately retarded daughter, the paper highlights helpful and disappointing events in the family's efforts to find appropriate services. After a brusque diagnosis by a doctor, early intervention support was obtained. This experience afforded factual information, emotional support, and opportunity for the child's mother to become part of a teaching team and to learn how to make existing service systems responsive. Preschool experiences included both part-day and full day programs. Elementary school enrollment was in a special private school where the child learned to read. Interaction of the father and siblings has become supportive. Other family concerns have included family respite needs, leisure programs, financial concerns, the need for related services, the child's social/sexual development, prevocational programs, achieving family balance, and the difficulties caused by family relocation (such as adjusting to a much larger school and coping with the lack of appropriate leisure time services). Interviews with other parents indicate their support for the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, and their concerns about implementation of the least restrictive environment provision, state of the art services, transition into the community, and continuation and strengthening of the law. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Future of Special Education: Proceedings of the Council for Exceptional Children Symposium (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, May 1986); see ED 276 245.