Summary: Written by highly experienced special educators who are parents of a disabled child, this newly revised text focuses on family-professional empowerment, offers a wealth of concrete, and time-tested strategies for building reliable alliances between families and educators, and is based on the belief that the most rewarding of living one's personal and professional life is through collaboration for empowerment. Empowerment means knowing what you want, having the motiva ...show moretion to seek it out, and using your knowledge and skills to get what you want. Collaboration means sharing resources and creating a context that empowers families and professionals alike. The book presents comprehensive, data-based, and conceptually consistent approaches for families and professionals to collaborate for empowerment.
Synthesizes multi-disciplinary literature on empowerment, and shows how to apply research or empowerment in special and general education.
Addresses needs of individuals and families experiencing every exceptionality (ages birth through 21).
Gives advice for empowering families of all types, including single-parent and extended families, and those facing challenges of poverty and maltreatment.
Presents a family systems approach individualizing family- professional interactions for benefit of all family member.
Emphasizes multi-cultural considerations and shows how professionals can be more culturally competent.
Gives practical "Tips" for empowering all families through collaboration with them.
Includes over 50 suggestion tables so concepts can be easily applied.
Contains over 1000 current references.
NEW--Consistently weaves "Empowerment through Collaboration throughout all chapters.
NEW--Gives practical guide on how families and professionals alike can experience empowerment through collaboration.
NEW--Addresses the Family Factors and the Education Context Factors that are joined by collaboration to ensure empowerment.
NEW--Gives voice to families, especially those of cultural or ethnic minority groups and those who face special challenges associated with other socio-economic matters.
NEW--Three types of boxed features have been added to each chapter to bring a powerful element of reality and application to the student: "My Voice" brings the real-life stories of parents to the foreground.
"Together We Can" shows how parents, in concert, with helping professionals can forge an empowering, collaborative unit.
"Tips" provide parents and teachers with necessary strategies. ...show less