Publication Date: December 16, 2019
Providing both a theoretical framework and practical strategies, this resource will help teachers, counselors, and related service providers develop understanding and empathy to improve outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with disabilities. The text features narrative portraits of six immigrant families and their children with disabilities, including their cultural histories and personal perspectives regarding assessment, diagnosis, Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, and other instances in which families engaged with the special education process. Using guiding questions for reflection and “Talk Back” comments from preservice students throughout the text, readers are encouraged to reflect on their own positionality and to develop nuanced and dynamic understandings of CLD children, youth, and families—countering persistent and stereotypical deficit views.
Janet Story Sauer is a professor of special education at Lesley University. Zachary Rossetti is an associate professor of special education at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.
“Using an accessible style and an innovative format, the authors present six engaging portraits of what life is like for culturally and linguistically diverse families when one or more of the children has a disability. The book will be valuable to students, teachers, and family members—really anyone who has an interest in how disability intersects with race, class, and gender within a multicultural context.”
—Philip Ferguson, professor emeritus of education, Chapman University
“A powerful and much-needed book! Through compelling portraits of six diverse immigrant families of children with disabilities, it highlights the cultural misunderstandings and systemic inequities that can occur when disability intersects with race. The authors further the discourse on capabilities-focused approaches to building parent–professional relationships by presenting cultural humility as an ongoing process of learning.”
—Maya Kalyanpur, University of San Diego