A Study on the Attitudes of the Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities towards inclusion of their children with Normal Children in Inclusive Education set up

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Thanikatt Sharafudeen, Vijay Raj Bollapalli, Raju Thalathoti, Nagaraju Bollikonda


The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of the  parents’ of children with Intellectual Disabilitiestowards inclusion of their children in general education along with normal children and to associate their perspectives with parent variables (e.g. education) and child variables (e.g. age, severity of disability) and To explore the attitudes of parents of children with intellectual disabilities towards the inclusion of  their children into mainstream education and to compare the similarities and differences in the attitudes of two groups of parents: a group of parents of preschool children and a group of parents of school-age children. The sample consists of 100 parents. The present study attempts to find out the attitudes of parents’ of children with Intellectual Disabilities towards inclusion of their children along with normal children in general education in inclusive set up Hyderabad Ranga Reddy District in Telangana, state of India. In order to collect the data the questionnaire was adapted from the Parent’s Attitudes to Inclusion (PATI) scale developed by Palmer, Borthwick-Duffy, and Widaman (1998). All analyses were completed using IBM SPSS version 20.0. Generally, many of the parents accept inclusive education, but most of them still think the special school is a better place for the education of children with disabilities.

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