The essential link for students with disabilities from diverse backgrounds: Forging partnerships with families

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Journal of Special Education Leadership


Because more students than ever are from diverse linguistic, racial, and cultural backgrounds and are more likely to be identified as having a disability than other students, it is essential to form partnerships where families are active participants. •Families of all students, but families of students from diverse backgrounds in particular, need to be actively supported in all educational decision making through ongoing training. •It is imperative that general and special educators and administrators collaborate closely with families of students from diverse backgrounds and participate in ongoing training activities that stress best practices for facilitating the participation of family. •When educators, administrators, and parents of students from diverse backgrounds forge positive, proactive partnerships, student achievement is enhanced