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ERIC Number: EJ1165704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1471-3802
How Do Parents Acquire Information to Support Their Child with a Disability and Navigate Individualised Funding Schemes?
Tracey, Danielle; Johnston, Christine; Papps, Fiona Ann; Mahmic, Sylvana
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v18 n1 p25-35 Jan 2018
With the international trend towards individualised funding packages that allocate funds to individuals to spend on disability support needs, the challenge of ensuring parents can readily access useful information to make decisions becomes paramount. The present research used a two stage, mixed method sequential approach (with 291 parents surveyed and 56 parents participating in focus groups) to determine how parents acquire information to enhance their understanding of their child's disability and determine how to use an individualised funding scheme to benefit their child and family. Parents attested to the importance of person-to-person communication and valued information that originated from other parents of a child with a disability, and from professionals who knew their child. Parents also spoke about the limitations of the internet, noting that reliance on the internet could cause confusion as the validity of information could not be assured. Early childhood intervention services emerged as a key instrument in developing the capacity of families to make informed choices. Understanding families' perspectives on the utility of information sources is critical and timely as policy-makers and service providers within the disability sector shift practice to meet the rise of individualised funding internationally.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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