© 2009

What Mothers Say about Special Education

From the 1960s to the Present

  • Authors

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Education book series (PSUE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jan W. Valle
    Pages 1-17
  3. Jan W. Valle
    Pages 199-223
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-248

About this book


This book is an alternative account of special education from the cross-generational perspective of 15 mothers whose children labelled learning dis/abled (LD) attended public schools during the last four decades.


children education learning

About the authors

JAN W. VALLE is Program Chair of the Graduate Childhood Education Program at The City College of New York (CUNY), USA. 

Bibliographic information


"This book provides a fresh perspective on the history of special education law and collaboration, but from a perspective that is often overlooked - that of the mothers. These perspectives are important for all educators as they engage in the collaborative process with parents and continue to improve education for students with special needs." - P.S. Arter, Choice

"This topic is extremely important and Valle covers it well, bringing to light a number of critical issues which, sadly to say, we have been dealing with ineffectively for over forty years. What is particularly striking is that regardless of the legislation for parent involvement, the school consistently gives it only lip service. Fortunately, this collection offers a tremendous amount of information for parents and educators." - Darra Pace, Associate Professor and Chairperson of the CRSR Department, Special Education Program, Hofstra University