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Distinguishing DisabilityParents, Privilege, and Special Education$
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Colin Ong-Dean

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226630007

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226630021.001.0001

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introduction Distinguishing Disability

introduction Distinguishing Disability

(p.1) INTRODUCTION Distinguishing Disability
Distinguishing Disability

Colin Ong-Dean

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses the objective of this volume, which is to examine the historical, cultural and institutional conditions under which parents have advocated for their disabled children in the U.S. for the past thirty to forty years and the relation of these conditions to parents' differing resources and dispositions. This volume argues that the existing special education system is fundamentally inequitable and that privileged parents implicitly contribute to that inequity when they draw on their resources to advocate for their children.

Keywords:   disabled children, disability, privileged parents, special education, inequity

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