04 SES 12 A, Parents’ Hopes and Dreams for the Education of Disabled and Marginalised Children Explored through the Looking-Glass of Four Different Cultures
The focus of the paper is on parents’ understandings of their lives with disabled children in a Bangkok community. Data were gathered in Greater Bangkok in order to gain insight into what poses barriers to or facilitates children with disabilities . Next to children and teachers, a main part of the qualitative research process was asking parents to share their insights. Parents’ patterns of explanations on how they constructed “their disabled child/children” and in turn how that influenced their coping, caretaking and how they selected and enrolled their children in schools and preschools turned out to be of interest to the research. Data is based on interviews, focus group discussions and document analysis. Contact was made with 10 schools and educational institutions in different suburbs of Bangkok, and through that 20 parents of impaired children (mothers and grandmothers) from different socio-economic backgrounds participated in the study. The data also derived from interviewing experts and document analysis concerning Thailand’s provision of services for persons with disabilities; law, accessibility etc.). The findings include that parents’ coping processes and hopes for their children’s education are broadly/widely associated with the importance religion plays in their lives.
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