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Distinguishing Disability: Parents, Privilege, and Special Education

Colin Ong-Dean


Students in special education programs can have widely divergent experiences. For some, special education amounts to a dumping ground where schools unload their problem students, while for others, it provides access to services and accommodations that drastically improve chances of succeeding in school and beyond. This book argues that this inequity in treatment is directly linked to the disparity in resources possessed by the students' parents. Since the mid-1970s, federal law has empowered parents of public school children to intervene in virtually every aspect of the decision making involve ... More

Keywords: special education, schools, problem students, federal law, parents, public school children, learning disability, disabled children, inequality, disabilities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226630007
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226630021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Ong-Dean, author