ERIC Number: EJ765801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 20
Perceptions of Parents of Students with Autism towards the IEP Meeting: A Case Study of One Family Support Group Chapter
Fish, Wade W.
Education, v127 n1 p56-68 Fall 2006
This case study investigated parental perceptions of students with autism towards the IEP meeting from one family support group chapter in the north Texas area. Participants were asked to share their experiences of previous IEP meetings and to provide input regarding not only measures that school districts may take towards improving IEP meetings, but actions that parents can take to serve as better advocates for their children. Findings revealed that parents believed that educators did not value parents as equals, properly adhere to IEP objectives to facilitate student success, and routinely train families regarding special education law. Findings should not be generalized across the entire population of students receiving special education services. Further investigation into parental perceptions among different disability categories, school districts, regions, and other family support groups are suggested.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Special Education, School Districts, Family Programs, Autism, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Attitudes, Case Studies, Educational Legislation, Parent Participation, Interviews, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act