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ERIC Number: EJ1098449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Special Education: Examining the Impact of Poverty on the Quality of Life of Families of Children with Disabilities
Enwefa, Regina L.; Enwefa, Stephen C.; Jennings, Robert
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2006 n1 Fall 2006
Today, school personnel are facing many challenges in their efforts to serve diverse families and children with disabilities. Inadequate human and fiscal capacity, attitudinal and cultural barriers are among the many hurdles that must be surmounted for successful provision of related services. Decisions about who is educated versus who is habilitated or treated are often tied to classification systems that do not provide the necessary support for families and children with disabilities. The process by which parents become more autonomous as consumers of services for children with disabilities is complex. Educators cannot be a vehicle for parents until they are able to have a better understanding of the system within which these families exist and function. This article examined the impact of poverty including cultural amnesia on the quality of life of families of children with disabilities. Additionally, the presentation will highlight (1) who are children with disabilities?; (2) Family unit and cultural system; (3) impact of poverty stressors in life, identification, and assessment procedures for children with disabilities; (4) incidence of disabilities, international classification, and criteria for classification systems; and (5) conceptual professional collaboration model for related services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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