Parent Perspectives of Disability and Home–School Communication

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. increase ability to evaluate communication practices with families of students with disabilities.
  2. appraise factors related to parent perceptions of home–school communication.
  3. describe how the relationship between communication practices and disability category is associated with home–school collaborative services.


Communication is important to collaboration between caregivers and school staff. How do caregiver perceptions of home–school communication relate to student’s disability category? We will discuss survey results from parents of students receiving special education services, specifically reporting on frequency of contact, method of communication, and overall satisfaction with communication. Practitioners will learn how these ratings vary in association with disability category along with the implications for family–school collaboration.



Erin L. Schreiner, University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire


Melissa Coolong-Chaffin


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