African American Families in the Special Education Process: Increasing Their Level of Involvement

Brandon, Regina R.; Brown, Monica R.
November 2009
Intervention in School & Clinic;Nov2009, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p85
Academic Journal
African American children continue to be overrepresented in special education classrooms. Despite this overrepresentation, there is a noticeable void in the literature concerning the family perceptions of special education and the impact these perceptions may have on parents' level of involvement. Therefore, this article discusses (a) African American family involvement in the educational process, including special education; (b) the perceptions of African American families concerning special education and how these perceptions might prevent parents from participating; (c) potential barriers to participation; and (d) suggestions for increasing the level of participation of African American families in the educational process.


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