Despite a proliferation of special education literature on racial minorities over the past three decades, research and writing on Arab American children with disabilities remain remarkably sparse. This book fills that gap by promoting culturally appropriate services for Arab American children with disabilities. Special education and service providers in the U.S.—including school psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, and social workers—are increasingly likely to work with Arab Americans with disabilities. By focusing on this marginalized minority population, Al Khatib provides much-needed context and direction for service providers and researchers working with the Arab American community. Offering an overview of special education and the rights guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this book also helps Arab American families understand the special education process and advocate for their children.
Table of Contents
1. Arab Americans 2. Disability Among Arab Americans 3. Arab American Children with Disabilities and Special Education in the U.S. 4. Considerations in Working with Arab American Children with Disabilities 5. Conclusions
Jamal M. Al Khatib is Professor of Special Education at the University of Jordan, Jordan.