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ERIC Number: ED454672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Meeting the Needs of Parents of Children with Disabilities in Rural Schools.
Mathews, Rachel; Whitfield, Patty
A study explored strategies for improving the involvement of parents with children with disabilities in rural schools. Data collected from 52 parents of children with disabilities in Central Virginia rural schools supported several findings of earlier studies conducted among lower socioeconomic groups. Answers to open-ended questions in the survey revealed some possible obstacles to participating in school related activities. Reasons included interference with job schedule, transportation difficulties, single parent home situations, lack of child care, and inconvenient meeting times. Another reason cited was that teachers did not pay attention to parents or did not respect their opinions. The parents identified three major needs: training programs, support groups, and teacher contact and recognition. The following recommendations are provided for increasing parental involvement: appointing a home-school liaison, using parents as recruiters, training active parents, meeting in an informal setting, seeking parents' interests and needs, recognizing parents' efforts, establishing a network with community resources, being optimistic, involving parents in the decision-making process, offering literacy training programs, organizing community projects, being flexible with timing, and establishing top to bottom responsibility. (Contains 15 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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