Parent Involvement in the Transition Process of Children With Intellectual Disabilities: The Influence of Inclusion on Parent Desires and Expectations for Postsecondary Education
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
© 2012 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Special Issue: Post-Secondary Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Meg Grigal and Debra Hart, Guest Editors
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 279–288, December 2012
How to Cite
Martinez, D. C., Conroy, J. W. and Cerreto, M. C. (2012), Parent Involvement in the Transition Process of Children With Intellectual Disabilities: The Influence of Inclusion on Parent Desires and Expectations for Postsecondary Education. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 9: 279–288. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12000
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 28 JUL 2011
- intellectual disability;
- parent involvement;
- postsecondary education;
Students with disabilities and their families across the globe are increasingly setting postsecondary education (PSE) as a future goal, a relatively recent phenomenon. To supplement current knowledge on this goal, we studied parents' means of accessing information and the impact of K-12 inclusive general education experiences on parents' desires and expectations for PSE. Key findings indicated that parents did not fully understand the transition process and had a low degree of knowledge and access to information about PSE. The data showed that levels of student inclusion related to parental desire and expectation for PSE and to parental involvement in transition planning activities. Implications for theory, measurement, practice, and public policy include a clear need for improved information and dissemination practices regarding PSE as a transition option. The data also imply that teacher education programs would be strengthened by the inclusion of information about PSE options.