ERIC Number: ED449629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
A Free Appropriate Public Education for Asian Origin Students with Disabilities--Cultural Variables.
This paper discusses the under-identification of Asian-origin students with disabilities and strategies for developing an educational environment sensitive to and supportive of the educational rights of all students with disabilities as guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It begins by discussing the unique problems of Asian children with disabilities, including language barriers, the lack of bilingual education programs, and barriers to parental participation. The relevant cultural values prevalent in many Asian countries are also explored, including the role of status in relationships, reserve and privacy, the taboo against complaining, and the stigma of going to court. To assure that Asian children receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), school personnel are urged to make a sincere effort to extend FAPE to all children by learning the cultures from which their students come and how people of another culture perceive, think, act, and react. Asian special educators are urged to become activists on behalf of Asian children with disabilities, to make themselves known and available to schools in our communities, and to facilitate communication as translators or interpreters between schools and the Asian families. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).