Exploring the Challenges Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Face in the Special Education Decision Making Process

By Elizabeth Baez

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series explores the challenges that parents or guardians of children with disabilities face in the education system when the child is placed in a special education setting. The results of the research were quite negative. According to the data collected by the researcher’s parents face many challenges in the special education decision making process for lacking the support and knowledge necessary to become informed advocates. Parents or guardians felt that their child’s needs were not met in the special education setting depending on the child’s functional needs. In one article the researchers interviewed 144 parents who concluded that the parents were concerned about the amount of knowledge teachers had when educating children with disabilities. Researchers used Log binomial regression to examine the relative risk for the child’s unmet needs. This review explores the fact that parents face issues in the school system as much as they do in their social lives. 

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