Date of Award

4-13-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Jennifer Lesh

Second Advisor

Kathleen Weigel

Third Advisor

Richard Jones

Abstract

Raising a healthy child has its joys and challenges; however, raising a child or caring for someone with special needs brings a new set of obstacles. Parents and caregivers of children and individuals with special needs do not have the same selection of available resources as typical parents of healthy children. These challenges are approached with an entirely different perspective with its own joys and challenges that can be demanding. The purpose of this study was to research the usefulness of an iBook, Navigating Life in the World of Disabilities, by providing accurate and helpful information from an empirical approach with valuable stories, anecdotes, and information to be shared with those who face similar struggles. By researching the iBook’s effectiveness, the researcher discovered that heightening awareness and educating others in this unique area led to a better understanding of ways to navigate the turbulent times while raising a child with special needs. It also increased the sensitivity and compassion of those inside and outside the disability world.

The researcher created an online survey using the Likert Scale and open-ended questions to determine the iBook’s usefulness through qualitative research. The researcher decided what components the participants believed to be focal points and examined areas that needed to be included to create a well-rounded iBook that can be used as a valuable resource for those struggling with the same challenges.

Based on the survey results, the researcher concluded that iBook Navigating Life in the World of Disabilities is a useful resource that can assist parents and caretakers on the journey of raising and caring for a child and individual with special needs. This helpful guide can help provide the much-needed resource to parents, caretakers, and educators to help navigate the rough waters on the journey while raising a child with special needs. This iBook can also be translated into different languages and help broaden the community globally. Sharing struggles and offering beneficial advice can help the disability world grow, become stronger, and master any situation.

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