Duquette, Cheryll Ann; Stodel, Emma J.; Fullarton, Stephanie; & Hagglund, Karras. (2011). Educational advocacy among adoptive parents of adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-10. DOI:10.1080/13603116.2011.557445. (Mentions the homeschooling that some of their subjects experienced. Homeschooling is referenced in a factual/neutral to positive way. Homeschooling is not a significant focus of this study. For example: “The mother of the boy whose teacher said he would never read commented, ‘I homeschooled him for two years, and he learned to read in two months’” (p. 10). “The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the educational advocacy experiences of 36 adoptive parents of adolescents and young adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) [in the United States and Canada]. The participants responded to a questionnaire and 29 of them also engaged in an in-depth individual interview. Data were analysed inductively. Emerging from the data were four dimensions of advocacy: awareness, information seeking, presenting the case and monitoring. It was also found that the Internet was an essential tool for parents to seek information and support from others, and that in some cases advocacy was a means for parents to obtain respect from educators and programmes and services for their children” (p. 1). (Keywords: inclusive education; disability; special education needs; FASD; educational advocacy; parent advocacy, homeschooling)

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