Expectations of Chinese Families of Children with Disabilities Towards American Schools

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					Expectations of Chinese Families of Children
with Disabilities Towards American Schools
Lusa Lo

Abstract

    Working collaboratively with culturally and linguistically diverse families of
children with disabilities can sometimes be a challenge for educators and ser-
vice providers. As the number of Asian students with disabilities continues to
increase, very little research has focused on how collaborative partnerships can
be developed between schools and their families. The purpose of this study was
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Description: Working collaboratively with culturally and linguistically diverse families of children with disabilities can sometimes be a challenge for educators and service providers. As the number of Asian students with disabilities continues to increase, very little research has focused on how collaborative partnerships can be developed between schools and their families. The purpose of this study was to examine the expectations of 12 Chinese families of children with disabilities towards American schools. One-on-one interviews were used in the study. Results suggested that the participants had five expectations from American schools: (1) accessibility of quality interpreters, (2) cultural sensitivity among professionals, (3) advocacy, (4) home-school communication, and (5) parent education. Implications for applying research to practice are discussed. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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