Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities
Fink enters a Midwestern community of 14,000, which he calls Wabash, interviewing the parents, the professionals, the peers, the community leaders, and the volunteers about the participation of children with disabilities. How does a girl who relies on an augmentative communication device take part in a Brownie troop? What do other tee-ball players think about a teammate with cerebral palsy? Why does one family refuse to use the local drop-in recreation center? Readers will learn what practices are evolving and what opportunities are being overlooked. Fink makes his own biases and interpretations plain, and he shares part of his own biography along the way. But it is the voices and experiences of the people of Wabash, rather than those of the author, that invest this book with such power and such importance to all who are concerned with youth with special needs.
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I interviewed family members of youth with special needs , as well as teachers and caregivers who worked in the programs . This research ( Fink 1988 ) widened my lens and expanded the ideas I had begun developing during my years as a ...
2 Embarking on a Qualitative Case Study The methods of qualitative inquiry , such as interviews , participant observation , and the review of documents or archives , lent themselves to answering the kinds of questions I had decided to ...
Initial telephone calls yielded three possible nearby venues — Wabash , St. Charles , and Jefferson City — where I could find youth with disabilities participating in recreational settings . I conducted interviews with potential key ...
No family or program leader declined a request for an interview or an observation during the entire year of the study . ) Four different kinds of activities became the subject of sustained , in - depth examination , and each is the ...
I conducted at least one formal interview with a parent ( or two parents ) of each of the 19 children and also with four of the youth , three of their siblings , and two of their typically developing peers . I interviewed 20 leaders of ...
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