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The article discusses the relationship that school administrators and teachers have with parents of students with disabilities, in response to the portrayal of these relationships in the films "The Miracle Worker" starring Anne Bancroft, "Mask" starring Cher, and "Forrest Gump" starring Sally Field. The authors look at individualized education plans (IEPs), MetLife's 2005 Survey of the American Teacher that indicates teachers' attitudes toward working with parents, a teacher training program for teacher-parent cooperation developed by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and the nonprofit disability advocacy organization called The Advocacy Center.


©2012, Wischnowski Michael and Cianca Marie. Journal compilation ©2012 PDK International. Original publication is available at Used by permission.

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The final version is published as Wischnowski, M., & Cianca, M. (2012). "A new script for working with parents." Phi Delta Kappan, 93 (6), 34-37.

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