Family, School, and Community Partnerships for Students with Disabilities

  • Lusa Lo
  • Yaoying Xu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Understanding School, Family, and Community Partnerships

  3. Evidence-Based Practices on Home-School Partnerships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Angel Rodriguez, Rosalia F. Gallo, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Elizabeth D. Cramer
      Pages 43-55
    3. Maureen Conroy, Kim McKnight, Kevin Sutherland
      Pages 57-69
    4. Ariane N. Gauvreau, Margaret R. Beneke, Susan R. Sandall
      Pages 71-81
  4. Evidence-Based Practices on Community Involvement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Denice Love, Rebekah Harrelson
      Pages 85-97
  5. Evidence-Based Practices in Other Parts of the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Serra Acar, Ching-I Chen, Huichao Xie
      Pages 141-152
    3. Lusa Lo, Kam Keung Lui, Tak Wai Leung
      Pages 153-163

About this book


This book presents a collection of research-based, effective, and culturally responsive practices that are used in schools and communities to support and empower families of students with disabilities to be equal partners for schools. As the demographics of the U.S. population become increasingly diverse, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that, by 2044, more than half of the U.S. population will belong to a minority group. Currently, students from diverse backgrounds comprise over 53% of the special education student population. While their parents are the key decision makers and advocates who ensure that they receive services and support that address their individual needs, research consistently indicates that families from diverse backgrounds face many challenges that prevent them from taking on these active roles.
Along with the improvements in the U.S. since the enactment of its first special education law in 1975, other parts of the world are also making changes to their special education systems in terms of responding to the diverse needs of children and students with disabilities and their families. This book also shares research-based and effective practices from other countries. The studies presented employ both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate family-school-community partnerships.


Special education Family engagement Family, school, and community partnerships students with disabilities Community Involvement Parental Engagement Home-School Partnership Special Educators

Editors and affiliations

  • Lusa Lo
    • 1
  • Yaoying Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-6306-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-6307-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-8219
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-8227
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