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Maintaining Hope/ Encouraging Perspective In Special Education, Donna Smith Jun 2008

Maintaining Hope/ Encouraging Perspective In Special Education, Donna Smith

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Having a child with moderate to severe disabilities is a life-altering experience for many families. This study is an exploration of the relationship that exists between the parents of children with moderate to severe disabilities and special education professionals. It is an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the parental perspective on the complexities of that relationship, and to investigate how that relationship is negotiated through stories told by eight parents about their experiences with the professionals in the schools their children attend. This study is also focused on how parents, school systems, and societal understandings of disability and ...