ERIC Number: ED482680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-23
So What Are WE Going To Do? Family Advocacy as Involvement for Urban Parents of Children with Special Needs.
Gavin-Evans, Karen; Munn, Marlene; Malone, April; Ervin, Brettany
This paper presents findings from a qualitative study exploring the family involvement process within the special education programs at one urban elementary school. Three families with elementary-age children diagnosed with disabilities are highlighted because they represent the "hard-to-reach" families in the United States. The families speak candidly about their family involvement in special education programming and intervention implementation and their dismay with under-committed school officials. School officials were interviewed about involvement expectations, specifically regarding the family who nominated them. Findings reveal that strong home-school connections can aid in the reciprocal creation of individual family involvement definitions tailored to the resources, needs, and barriers of the family. With support from relatives, friends, and agencies, families that faced significant household and community barriers found strategies for advocating for their children's individual needs. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).