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ERIC Number: ED456611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Barriers to Parental Advocacy via the Internet: A Rural Case Study.
Nolan, Joe; Keasler, Debbie
This paper describes an Internet advocacy outreach project developed by Southwestern Oklahoma State University for parents of children with disabilities in rural western Oklahoma. The first phase of the project took place in the summer of 1999. Four free 3-hour workshops were provided that were designed to teach the following principles: basic Internet computing, Internet terminology, basic surfing techniques, and surfing for advocacy. Phase II of the outreach project was conducted during the summer of 2000. The University offered a $25 stipend to all participating parents in the workshop. The format of the workshops was identical for both Phase I and II. Of the four workshops in Phase I, three were canceled due to lack of any registrants. Finally, one participant was registered for the fourth workshop, and it was conducted for that parent. The workshop conducted in Phase II had seven participants, three from the same family. All participants reported that the workshop was worthwhile, and, as a result, they were more capable of advocating for their children. Lack of access to the Internet is discussed as one reason for the small number of workshop participants. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A