ERIC Number: EJ1123567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Correlates of Sustained Volunteering: Advocacy for Students with Disabilities
Goldman, Samantha E.; Burke, Meghan M.; Mason, Carolyn Q.; Hodapp, Robert M.
Exceptionality, v25 n1 p40-53 2017
Parents of students with disabilities often receive support from special education advocates, who may be trained through a variety of programs. Using a web-based survey, this study examined the postgraduation advocacy activities of 83 graduates of one such volunteer advocacy training program. In the one to four years after program graduation, 63.8% (53 of 83) of the graduates advocated for one or more families; these sustained advocates reported stable rates of advocacy over time, and advocates performed activities that were either family-focused or school-focused. For graduates who advocated post-training, amounts of advocacy were positively related to satisfaction with advocating and with higher levels of involvement with other advocates and with the broader disability community. Compared to those not advocating after graduating, sustained advocates reported greater advocacy-role identities, increased involvement in disability groups, and higher likelihood to advocate in the upcoming year. Future research and practice implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Special Education, Correlation, Volunteers, Advocacy, Disabilities, Online Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Special Needs Students, Factor Analysis, College Graduates, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (DHHS/ACL); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H133P1100004; P30HD15052