Using quality of family life factors to explore parents’ experience of educational provision for children with developmental disabilities in rural Australia

Kathleen Tait*, Rafat Hussain

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Australian education service provision includes the delivery of quality educational programmes to rural and remote living children. However, according to their parents, many children with developmental disabilities (such as Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders) who are living in rural country areas in New South Wales (NSW) still do not have access to an acceptable education programme. This study aimed to use quality of life factors via a family quality of life scale to explore 51 parents’ experience of educational service provision for their children with developmental disabilities in rural NSW. The results indicated that successful engagement with the school system is strongly affected by the views, assumptions, expertise and prejudices of teaching and care professionals. Further research into how local educational service providers may assist rural Australian families with a child with IDD in rural and remote locations is warranted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-344
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

Keywords

  • developmental disabilities
  • educational services
  • family impact
  • Family Quality of Life Scale
  • high impact disabilities
  • parental perceptions
  • quality of family life
  • rural support services

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