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Engaging Parent Strengths for Inclusion: The Power of Optimism, Hope, and Courage

Working with Families for Inclusive Education

ISBN: 978-1-78714-261-9, eISBN: 978-1-78714-260-2

ISSN: 1479-3636

Publication date: 13 May 2017

Abstract

The chapter will explore steps that might be taken within the context of schools to encourage the creation of an inclusive social environment. In particular, it examines the roles played by parents of children with and without disability, as co-constructing agents of inclusion. Particular emphasis will be placed on parental attributes of hope, optimism, and courage. At this regards, an international review on these parental resources will be reported, highlighting their key role in enabling parents to face challenging child and family circumstances – including disability, living in poverty, or experiencing cultural segregation and discrimination, and in promoting inclusion. Lastly, qualitative and quantitative assessment instruments to assess these resources will be presented and suggestions to promote them will be provided.

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Nota, L., Ginevra, M.C., Di Maggio, I. and Soresi, S. (2017), "Engaging Parent Strengths for Inclusion: The Power of Optimism, Hope, and Courage", Working with Families for Inclusive Education (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 209-224. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620170000010021

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