Hmong immigrants' views on the education of their deaf and hard of hearing children

John C. Wathum-Ocama, Susan Rose

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Abstract

The study investigated the attitudes, perceptions, and feelings of parents of 7 Hmong families that included a deaf or hard of hearing child attending a U.S. public school. The findings indicate that many Hmong parents value education and want to be involved in their deaf or hard of hearing child's learning. However, the parents in the study did not know how to become involved, and needed the support of the school. Although they accepted their deaf or hard of hearing children unconditionally, they had lower academic expectations of that child than of their hearing children. Most of the parents reported limited knowledge of the policies, procedures, practices, and organizational structures of special education, and all cited communication barriers as impediments to involvement in their child's education. Most of the parents expressed strong satisfaction with their child's educational program. The findings suggest several areas for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-53
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican annals of the deaf
Volume147
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2002

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