Empowering Indigenous Families who have Children with Disabilities: An Innovative Outreach Model

SusanRae Banks, Darcy Miller


Socially and legally it is acknowledged that families with children with disabilities are a critical component of any educational program or Individualized Education Plan (Yell, 2002). Indigenous families with children who have disabilities face unique additional challenges in working collaboratively with schools and education professionals. Parent Training and Information Centers started as a result of federally funded research on the needs of families of children with disabilities. The unique challenges faced by Indigenous families with children who have disabilities are discussed, with particular attention to the critical issues impacting social equity and post secondary education outcomes. An innovative outreach model is discussed for its potential in meeting the needs of Indigenous families with children who have disabilities. Components of the model are described as well as the continuing outreach challenges. The authors conclude with directions for future outreach strategies and research with Indigenous families and communities.


Indigenous people; families of children with disabilities; Individualized Education Plan; post-secondary outcomes

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v25i2.544

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