ERIC Number: ED502650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
Hear Our Voice: Parents of Children with Disabilities from Mexico
Bauman, Dona C.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Association of Special Education (Jun 12, 2007)
This purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of parents with children with disabilities towards their children and how Mexican society treats their children. Using a focus group with a translator four middle class parents were interviewed about their children with disabilities in Guadalajara, Mexico. At a later date two other parents were individually interviewed using the same questions. The children's ages ranged from 4 to 25 years and disabilities included autism, mental retardation, learning disabilities, brain damage, and cerebral palsy. Parents' answers were compared to research on United States families and reported cultural trends in Mexico. The middle-class families in Mexico perceptions were closer to those in the United States than what has previously been reported about Mexican families. This supports Zuniga's(2004) admonishment that professionals need to meet and personally get to know families from different cultures. Future research should look at families with children with disabilities in Mexico from different economic classes.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States