other writers on MENASWA research study
By Cklara Moradian
One of the most important roles of research in any field is to bring to light the experiences of individuals and groups of people that have previously been entirely overlooked or erased. This is especially important in K-12 Education because so much of a child's future is shaped by the quality of the schooling he/she/they receive. Middle Eastern North African Southwest Asian people are rarely asked to identify their unique perspectives. The needs of people with disabilities are also rarely ever taken into account. The intersection of these two identities are almost entirely missing from previous research in K-12 Education. Soraya Fallah's research begins to fill in a very significant gap in this area. Ableism combined with cultural taboos around disability create challenges around finding accurate data about this topic. SWANAs are also often lost in the category of "whiteness", especially in K-12 Education. Soraya's survey aims to explore these intersections and hopefully help programs better serve SWANA students with disabilities (and their families). In our current climate, this seems so crucial as we are multiply-marginalized. The survey is anonymous and can be filled out by anyone who has had some responsibilities caring for a student with disability. The disability does not have to be officially identified or "diagnosed". Please note that the term "special needs" has been used because K-12 Education uses this term for their "Special Education" programs. The study is trying to see how these programs are addressing the unique needs of students and their families. If you know anyone who could take this survey, please share it. If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to ask me.