Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Department of Special Education

First Advisor

Debbie Shelden


This study used a correlational design to explore the association between parent demographics, parent experiences, and parent expectations, and parent involvement for families supporting African American youth with IDD. Chi-square statistical analyses were used to determine the associations between parent involvement and factors related to post-school planning. Associations were found between parent involvement and parent demographics, parent and youth experiences with professionals, parent expectations. The findings of this study provide opportunities for professionals and other stakeholders to intentionally develop actionable goals and objectives aimed at redefining parental involvement through a culturally responsive lens that positions parents as a resource, create systems built on partnerships, and promote feelings of inclusiveness for families supporting youths of color with IDD. Recommendations for research and practice are described to assist stakeholders with improving parent involvement.


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