Title

School District Accessibility for Children with Disabilities and their Immigrant Families

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Des Moines

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

14-5-2019

End Date

14-5-2019

Abstract

In the Kent School District, there is a lack of available information regarding support and resources available to students with Autism and their families, who come from Somalia. This report seeks to understand why enough support is not being implemented for these families, while in this district. This researcher interviewed the Director of Inclusive Education to understand what is currently being done to assist this population currently. After tabulating the findings and knowledge that was given by the Inclusive Education Director, this researcher learned that the district is seeking more information and ways to help connect these families and students to appropriate resources, so that they can reach the population as this paper explores. As a result of this investigation, the Kent School District has not been able to adequately meet the resource and support needs of children with Autism and their Somalia parents, due to lack of funding and awareness that this is an on-going problem. This paper will help address the areas that the Kent School District has lamented they need more support on, in order to fully understand the severity of the situation that is developing. The goal is to provide awareness to the Kent School District, in hopes that future generations of immigrants from Somalia and their children with disabilities, are no longer unsure what they can do. Providing awareness allows this issue to become a priority for Inclusive Education to consider, as well as improving parental involvement across cultures.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Naomi Petersen

Department/Program

Accessibility Studies

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May 14th, 5:00 PM May 14th, 8:00 PM

School District Accessibility for Children with Disabilities and their Immigrant Families

Des Moines

In the Kent School District, there is a lack of available information regarding support and resources available to students with Autism and their families, who come from Somalia. This report seeks to understand why enough support is not being implemented for these families, while in this district. This researcher interviewed the Director of Inclusive Education to understand what is currently being done to assist this population currently. After tabulating the findings and knowledge that was given by the Inclusive Education Director, this researcher learned that the district is seeking more information and ways to help connect these families and students to appropriate resources, so that they can reach the population as this paper explores. As a result of this investigation, the Kent School District has not been able to adequately meet the resource and support needs of children with Autism and their Somalia parents, due to lack of funding and awareness that this is an on-going problem. This paper will help address the areas that the Kent School District has lamented they need more support on, in order to fully understand the severity of the situation that is developing. The goal is to provide awareness to the Kent School District, in hopes that future generations of immigrants from Somalia and their children with disabilities, are no longer unsure what they can do. Providing awareness allows this issue to become a priority for Inclusive Education to consider, as well as improving parental involvement across cultures.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2019/Oralpres/3