Title

On the Outside Looking In: An African American Family's Experience in an Individualized Education Plan Meeting

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Originally Published In

Mid-Western Educational Researcher

Volume Number

25

Issue Number

3

Page Numbers

1-20

Abstract

The current laws that mandate special education originated through the advocacy of families (Turnbull & Turnbull, 1990). Over the years, families have challenged the system to provide free and appropriate public educations for their children. We share, through qualitative measures, the experiences of one African American family and the educators who serve them trying to navigate the system as well as the obstacles they faced. Recommendations for P-12 practice, teacher education, and advocacy efforts are discussed.