Parent Leadership and Civic Engagement: Suggestions for the Next Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization

Zach Rossetti, Meghan M. Burke, Kristina Rios, Javier I. Rivera, Kristen Schraml-Block, Oscar Hughes, James D. Lee, Janeth Aleman-Tovar

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Abstract

Although parent involvement is a cornerstone of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), few individual parents of children with disabilities participate in civic engagement to voice their suggestions for the next IDEA reauthorization. To address this gap, a civic engagement training was conducted with 95 parents of children with disabilities across four states. At the end of the training, participants completed videotaped testimonials voicing their suggestions for the next IDEA reauthorization. Participant suggestions clustered around three themes: expanding IDEA to address specific concerns; adding text to provide specificity and clarity in IDEA; and implementing the current version of IDEA. Implications for research and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Disability Policy Studies
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • IDEA reauthorization
  • civic engagement
  • disability
  • parent advocacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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