Experiences of Chinese Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Advocating for Inclusive Education
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The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of Chinese parents' experiences advocating for their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to be educated in a regular classroom setting. Sixteen parents of children with ASD in China were interviewed to explore their experiences with the ‘learning in the regular classroom policy’(LRC)and to investigate their thoughts on the implementation of LRC. The data analysis revealed three themes: (a) guanxi is critical for parental advocacy, (b) parents' comments about their educational rights is self-deprecating, and (c) parents indicate they accept and even agree with the stigma attached to children with ASD. The interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach is used to gain insight into the policy implementation of inclusive education in China from the perspective of parents. This study demonstrates the toll that social stigma takes on parents when they interact with the Chinese school system within the context of LRC.
Keywords:autism, parent perspective, learning in the regular classroom, inclusion, China
Volume 37, Number: 1, Year 2022 of International Journal of Special Education