Working With Low-Income Latino Families: Issues and Strategies This article is based on 10 years of experience working in special education in a primarily Latino, low income, rural school district in Northern California. Interestingly, many of the families served in this area have moved to the U.S. specifically to improve the educational opportunities of their disabled children. ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2000
Working With Low-Income Latino Families: Issues and Strategies
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  • Shannon McCord
    Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Gloria Soto
    San Francisco State University
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Article   |   June 01, 2000
Working With Low-Income Latino Families: Issues and Strategies
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, June 2000, Vol. 6, 10-11. doi:10.1044/cds6.2.10
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, June 2000, Vol. 6, 10-11. doi:10.1044/cds6.2.10
This article is based on 10 years of experience working in special education in a primarily Latino, low income, rural school district in Northern California. Interestingly, many of the families served in this area have moved to the U.S. specifically to improve the educational opportunities of their disabled children. As one family put it shortly after their arrival, “It was an easy decision. We all wanted her to grow up reaching her potential and we knew that the economics of our country would not be able to offer her that.” However noble the intentions of the family, entering the school system is frequently a difficult transition for the child, who oftentimes has had no school experience and has limited “world experience.” This transition can be especially challenging for children with significant disabilities who traditionally may have been even more sheltered. In this article, we will discuss a few of the issues that have been of special relevance in our experience working with Latino students and their families.
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