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Volume 10, Issue 1 (1981)

Parent Involvement in Special Education: Emerging Advocacy Roles

pp. 37—44

ABSTRACT: Recognizing the changing role of parents of handicapped children in the educational planning process, the advocacy roles and responsibilities for parent involvement are identified and discussed in light of their implications for school psychologists. The legislative principles underlying parent involvement are provided as a framework for the parental role in advocacy.Studies on parent participation in IEP conferences and due process hearings highlight the needs of parents for effective participation. Two roles identified for school psychologists in assisting parents to assume advocacy roles are as parent facilitator and parent trainer. A brief review of four types of materials available to assist in the training function is presented.

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