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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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High Roads and Low Roads to Disability

High Roads and Low Roads to Disability

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(p.63) Chapter Three High Roads and Low Roads to Disability
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Distinguishing Disability
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Colin Ong-Dean

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226630021.003.0004

This chapter examines how disability diagnoses and parental practices are distributed across different groups of parents and what kinds of arguments about parents' involvement can initially be made based on this distribution. The findings reveal the shift in the number of learning disability (LD) diagnoses from the privileged to the less privileged children. This chapter also considers other disabilities such as mental retardation and autism spectrum disorders and compares the diagnoses of these disabilities with that of LD.

Keywords:   disability diagnoses, parental practices, disability, learning disability, privileged children, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders

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