The Beach Center's initial funding from the U.S. Department of Education enabled it to carry out research on how to support families whose members have disabilities.
We have continued that line of research about family support, taking into account not only the broad meaning of family support but also the effect of various forms of family support, including the effect of both health-care and foster-care/adoption policies and practices on how policy supports families.
This textbook contains 16 chapters. Twelve are on different categories of exceptionality. Four discuss special education, universal design for learning and inclusion, cultural diversity, and family partnerships. The theme of family partnerships is carried throughout every chapter.
In this textbook, the authors enter the lives and tell the stories of families they consider “forces for the disability cause,” and “exemplars of all that is good, decent, generous, steadfast, and optimistic.” Here readers see how lasting partnerships can be formed between members of families and professionals in special and general education.
Authors: Turnbull, A., Turnbull, R., Erwin, E., Soodak, L., & Shogren, K.
This book is a memoir of the life of the son (Jay), of Beach Center's co-founders (Ann and Rud Turnbull). It tells how Jay received support from family, friends, and professionals to live a self-determined life and how the support he receive dignified him and those who committed themselves to his life.