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Title:A study of the families included in receiving better special education services project for Latino families of children with disabilities
Author(s):Rios, Kristina
Director of Research:Burke, Meghan M
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Burke, Meghan M
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Corr, Catherine P; Santos, Rosa Milagros; Lopez, Kristina
Department / Program:Special Education
Discipline:Special Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Latino families
children with disabilities
advocacy program
parent training
Abstract:Family-professional partnership is an essential component of the special education process for children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004). However, many families face barriers to participation in the special education process. Latino families especially face systemic barriers when participating in educational decision-making for their children with IDD. Although prior studies have tested programs to develop special education advocates to support families of children with IDD, few studies have examined how to improve advocacy among Latino families to support their own children with IDD. In this study, I examined the effectiveness and feasibility of the Familias Incluidas en Recibiendo Mejor Educación Especial (FIRME), a four-session special education advocacy training program for Latino families of children with IDD, with respect to: increasing special education knowledge, advocacy, empowerment, and service needs; and decreasing stress. Twenty-three participants were included in this single-group, intervention study. After completing the FIRME program, participants demonstrated significantly increased: special education knowledge; advocacy; and empowerment. In addition, participants were satisfied with the logistics of the program and met their expectations for the program. Notably, parent stress increased after attending the program. To attribute changes in outcomes to the FIRME program, a randomized controlled trial design should be conducted in future research.
Issue Date:2020-04-15
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Kristina Rios
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-26
Date Deposited:2020-05

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