Perceptions of Parents of Young Children with and without Disabilities Attending Inclusive Preschool Programs

  •  Dana Hilbert    


This study aimed to identify the characteristics of parents of children with and without disabilities whose young children attend an inclusive, early childhood education program that influence their perceptions of inclusion and inclusive preschool programs. Participants included parents of preschool children without disabilities (n=64) and parents of preschool children with disabilities (n=84) attending inclusive preschool programs. Participants completed a 120-question survey examining parental characteristics and the impact they have on parent perceptions regarding inclusion and inclusive preschool programs. In addition, child variables (disability status, type of disability, severity of the disability and disability category) were examined to determine their significance regarding parental perception. Analysis revealed that parents of children with disabilities were less likely to favor an inclusive program that served children with severe disabilities, such as autism and behaviour disorders.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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