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  • Main Title Perceptions of parents of students with autism towards the IEP meeting.


  • Author: Fish, Wade W.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Bullock, Lyndal M.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Evenson, Thomas L.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Combes, Bertina H.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Fritsch, Ronald E.
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2004-12
  • Digitized: 2007-12-06


  • English


  • Content Description: The purpose of the study was to investigate how parents of students with autism perceived individualized education program (IEP) meetings. I determined factors that contributed to the belief held by parents that their children were or were not being properly served by IEP meetings. Parental relationships with educators, IEP meeting experiences, IEP outcomes, and treatment by educators were revealed through participant input. Parents were asked to share their experiences of previous IEP meetings. Additionally, parents provided input regarding practices that school districts could take to improve IEP meetings, and actions that parents could take to serve as better advocates for their children. Research findings indicated that parents did not perceive themselves as being treated as equals during IEP meetings. Parents believed that their input was not valued or welcomed by educators. Not having an equal voice toward their child's education prevented parents from positively influencing outcomes in their child's IEP meetings in terms of obtaining quality services and building positive relations with educators. Parents further revealed that educators failed to implement proper IEP protocol. According to parents, student objectives agreed upon in IEP meetings were often not always fully implemented for students receiving special education services. Research findings concluded that parents new to the IEP process often experienced difficulty understanding special education law, and were unaware of services that school districts should provide for their children.Suggestions for improving IEP meetings include: educators valuing parents as equal partners during IEP meetings, educators properly adhering to IEP objectives set forth in IEP meetings, and both educators and parents taking measures to becoming more knowledgeable of special education law and the IEP process.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Autistic children -- Education.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Parents of autistic children.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Individualized education programs.
  • Keyword: IEP meeting
  • Keyword: perceptions
  • Keyword: parents
  • Keyword: autism


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Fish, Wade W.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 58437904
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc4709


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Special Education
  • Academic Department: Department of Technology and Cognition
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas