‘Come willing to learn’: experiences of parents advocating for their children with severe vision impairments in Australian mainstream education

Cain, Melissa and Fanshawe, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-7663 and Goodwin, Polly (2021) ‘Come willing to learn’: experiences of parents advocating for their children with severe vision impairments in Australian mainstream education. International Journal of Inclusive Education. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1360-3116


Abstract

This article presents the findings from interviews with thirteen parents of students with severe vision impairment who attend mainstream schools in Queensland, Australia. Participants were interviewed about their experiences in advocating for their children in a range of educational contexts. These experiences varied greatly depending on a number of factors, such as attitudes to inclusivity and ableism, perceptions of vision impairment, school culture, teacher-parent communication, and competing agendas. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, the authors provide illuminating data on three broad themes: parents’ experiences of advocating for their children, parents’ experiences of utilising support networks and funding, and parents’ suggestions for schools and teachers. Important recommendations for teachers, schools, parents, students, and service providers are offered, with specific advice to develop a community of care, collaboration, and high expectations for students with vision impairment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 04:23
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 03:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inclusive education; vision impairment; parent advocacy school communities
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2021.1983879
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44057

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