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What’s Behind the Curtain? A Family’s Search for an Inclusive Oz

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Title:What’s Behind the Curtain? A Family’s Search for an Inclusive Oz
Authors:Sauer, Janet
Keywords:disability
narrative
special education
Date Issued:2013
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Sauer, J. (2013). What’s Behind the Curtain? A Family’s Search for an Inclusive Oz. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 9(2 & 3).
Series:vol. 9, no. 2 & 3
Abstract:Families are moving at ever increasing numbers. Relocating a family is challenging under any circumstance, but transitioning a child with a disability between schools, especially to new states or countries can be particularly difficult. When families seek full inclusion, the situation becomes more complex. This paper describes one American family’s journey through the moving process and how that process brought to the surface ways in which disability is socially and culturally constructed. Despite federal legislation in some countries regarding special education and the involvement of families, practices differ geographically, sometimes significantly, when determining eligibility, communicating with parents, and discussing how support services will be provided. The author - a parent, educational researcher, and instructor of pre-service teachers – asks questions throughout the family’s relocation and examines people’s “storylines” or habits of conversation (Gee, 1999) to get at underlying assumptions. Related research and implications for improving educational practices are discussed.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/58563
ISSN:1552-9215
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 9, No. 2 & 3


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