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ERIC Number: EJ1068131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
In the Voices of Parents: Suggestions for the Next IDEA Reauthorization
Burke, Meghan M.; Sandman, Linda
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, v40 n1 p71-85 Mar 2015
Since its initial passage in 1975, parent involvement had been a cornerstone of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, parents face many barriers in voicing their concerns to professionals. One way for parents to share their insights and create systemic change is during an IDEA reauthorization. Yet, although the public is afforded the opportunity to provide feedback during a reauthorization, individual parent input is frequently under-represented. In this study, across urban, suburban, and rural regions of a state, we asked parents of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (N = 49) to provide videotaped testimonies about their concerns regarding IDEA. After qualitatively analyzing their testimonies, we found that parents wanted the next IDEA reauthorization to add supports (including applied behavior analysis services and teacher-student ratios), provide specificity regarding certain provisions (i.e., transition, least restrictive environment, and eligibility criteria for learning disabilities), and maintain or increase stipulations (paperwork provisions and federal funding, respectively). Implications for future research and policy are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (DHHS/ACL)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Grant or Contract Numbers: H133P110004