Parental advocacy: supporting Indian parents to be effective advocates for education of their children with special needs
Parents play a critical role in making decisions concerning effective educational services for their children with disabilities. Therefore, parental advocacy is a critical form of involvement by parents. Studies have classified forms of parental advocacy; however, these definitions are limited in terms of communicating the components necessary for effective advocacy. The terminology is quite wide spread in developed countries such as Canada and America, but countries—like India—lack the introduction of role of parental advocacy at a provisional, as well as public, level. This project involves the development of a website with the goal of educating parents and stakeholders in India about the concept of parents as advocates in the education of their children with special needs and provides strategies adopted by parents worldwide to be effective advocates. Once the parents and stakeholders know the importance of parents’ involvement in the education of their children with disabilities, there is a possibility of amendments and provisions of new educational policies such as Individualized Education Plans for children with disabilities. Parents can raise their voices for a better platform for the education of their children. These voices can lead to more legal provisions like IDEA and sources of support and training programs for parents for effective advocacy by the Government of India.
Identifier (Other)DOI: 10.25316/IR-6440
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