Perspectives of Latina Mothers on Service Systems

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Regardless of whatever good intentions and efforts may exist among teachers and caseworkers of Latino young adults with developmental disabilities, results of this study suggest serious concerns held by mothers of these young adults regarding the educational and service systems. Above all, our research suggests a cultural “disconnect,” at least for these mothers, which probably cannot be solved by simply providing informational pamphlets in Spanish, scheduling additional didactic presentations, or providing better referrals.

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