Distinguishing Disability Parents, Privilege, and Special Education

ISBN-10: 0226630013
ISBN-13: 9780226630014
Edition: 2009
Authors: Colin Ong-Dean
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Students in special education programs can have widely divergent experiences. For some, special education amounts to a dumping ground where schools unload their problem students, while for others, it provides access to services and accommodations that drastically improve chances of succeeding in school and beyond.Distinguishing Disabilityargues that this inequity in treatment is directly linked to the disparity in resources possessed by the students' parents. Since the mid-1970s, federal law has empowered parents of public school children to intervene in virtually every aspect of the decision making involved in special education. However, Colin Ong-Dean reveals that this power is generally available only to those parents with the money, educational background, and confidence needed to make effective claims about their children's disabilities and related needs. Ong-Dean documents this class divide by examining a wealth of evidence, including historic rates of learning disability diagnosis, court decisions, and advice literature for parents of disabled children. In an era of expanding special education enrollment,Distinguishing Disabilityis a timely analysis of the way this expansion has created new kinds of inequality.

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