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Harvard University

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Fall 2015

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Jordan: Modernization and Social Change


The purpose of this study was to investigate the point of view of parents of special needs children in regards to their access to financial, medical, and educational services in Jordan. The researcher was interested in the question: Do parents of special needs children believe that the government offers adequate educational, financial, and medical services for their special needs children? This study is significant because special needs children are an important part of Jordanian society and must receive proper services in order to develop their abilities as much as possible and become active members of society. Also, it is important to recognize where Jordan needs to improve in its special education and support for families with special needs children. The researcher wants to know about the parents’ opinions because they play an important role in the development of their children as well as in finding services for them. In order to study this, the researcher interviewed five families with children that had different special needs as well as distributed questionnaires at the Time of Learning Academy. Results showed that opinions toward educational services were the least satisfactory compared to financial and medical services as well as that many families who could not find proper educational services chose to keep their children at home. This study plays a role in encouraging improvement within education services for special needs children.


Community-Based Research | Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Educational Sociology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Near and Middle Eastern Studies



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