Planning Inclusion: The Need to Formalize Parental Participation in Individual Education Plans (and Meetings)

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Abstract

Inclusive education is promoted as an educational setting that brings together students with disabilities alongside non-disabled peers. As the rise in inclusive education continues, many recognize the Salamanca Statement of 1994 as an influencer. This paper discusses how the vision of inclusion grounded in “the need to work towards ‘schools for all’” remains unfulfilled through a lack of intersectionality. Centering the experiences of Spanish-speaking mothers of emergent bilinguals labeled as disabled, this paper presents how educators limit parents’ abilities to engage as equal stakeholders. Therefore, this paper explores the tensions culturally and linguistically diverse mothers encounter during Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and the possibilities that can come from reimagining IEPs and IEP meetings in ways that allow stakeholders to actively tend to the intersectional vision of inclusive education that Salamanca put forth and that emergent bilinguals labeled as disabled desperately need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-390
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Forum
Volume84
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • emergent bilinguals
  • inclusive education
  • individual education plans
  • Latinx mothers
  • Salamanca Statement

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