Things That Make You Go Hmmmm….
It really makes you wonder.
Are we supposed to believe that somewhere, someone thought that kids with disabilities are THAT different from other kids? And just in case you’re curious, here’s a whole journal issue dedicated to finding out that “growing up in poverty influences education and employment outcomes for students with disabilities.”
Special Issue: Disability and Poverty
My special favorite study in this issue looks at the probability that children whose parents are on welfare will attend postsecondary education.
So, hmm, if you’re poor, and you have a child with a disability, you’ve got twice the obstacles to overcome.
(Could have saved them a lot of money on that one!)
What’s the Point, Really?
The studies listed above may seem like a colossal waste of resources at first glance. If these studies are left to sit on the shelves of some dusty library (oops, I’m showing my age again) abandoned in cyberspace, they would be. On the other hand, if parents, advocates, educators, and other concerned citizens make use of them in the right way, they can be powerful tools.
“We have proof of what we need to create change!”
Research is one step on that path.