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
After the economic crash in Iceland in 2008 and the transfer of the formal disability services from state to municipalities in 2011 I undertook a small scale study into the perspectives of parents of disabled children of the formal support provided to them from schools, preschools and disability services. The initial study was published in Social policy and social capital. Parents and exceptionality 1974-2007 (Bjarnason, 2010).The focus of this paper is to map changes after the economic crash and to look at the support system and parents hopes and dreams through the eyes of both native and immigrant parents in Iceland. The theoretical frame is grounded in social constructionism and post structuralism Purposeful sampling is in process and I aim to interview 6 couples (three young Icelandic parents with disabled children in preschools and three immigrant couples) with children of a similar age. This is a study in progress but new questions are being developed from this data, particularly data derived from interviewing the immigrant parents who bring different religious and cultural perspectives to the taken for granted rights of disabled children and their families, practices of professional staff at the preschools and challenges in parent-professional interactions.
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