Strong relationships between parents and education professionals benefit all, especially children with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities were integral to the development of special education, are their children’s best advocate, and are the members of the Individual Education Plan team who know the child the best. As education professionals we must strive to develop and maintain a strong relationship with parents and involve them in all aspects of their children’s education. This chapter provides an overview of parental rights and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The theoretical foundations of parental engagement is discussed and explored. Finally, recommendations are provided for developing and maintaining strong relationships with parents of children with disabilities.
Stoner, J.B. (2015), "Roles of Parents/Families/Guardians", Interdisciplinary Connections to Special Education: Important Aspects to Consider (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 30A), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 131-150. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0270-40132015000030A006Download as .RIS
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