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Chapter 10: Working With Parents and Families of Students With Disabilities

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Working With Parents and Families of Students With Disabilities
Working With Parents and Families of Students With Disabilities

Teachers must recognize the important role parents and families play in the learning process. While some families embrace inclusion because it challenges their children with more exposure to grade-level curriculum, opportunities for role modeling, and increased social interaction, some families fear that when their child with special needs is placed in an inclusive, general education classroom, he or she will lose individualized services (Salend, 2006). Parents of students without disabilities may embrace the inclusive classroom as an opportunity to increase the acceptance and tolerance of diverse abilities, while other parents may think that their son or daughter will receive less teacher attention or learn a diluted curriculum. ...

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