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Colección: La Educación
Número: (129-131) I,III
Año: 1998


The identification of family needs is the first step towards the definition of delivery services for the studied population. The profound implications of involving family members in services for children with special needs are enormous, and the advantages of such involvement are widely explored in the literature (Squires, Nickel, and Bricker 1990). The results of the present study raised some important questions about differences and similarities of FNS in both countries. One important issue is related to family involvement, which is a relatively recent topic of investigation in Brazil. Shearer and Shearer (1977), Hanson (1991), and Simeonsson (1991) identified reasons for promoting the involvement of families. First, families are consumers of services, so they should have input into which services are provided and how they are provided. Second, family members can advocate for the program and promote community support for its continuation and development. Third, family members can identify service goals and objectives for the disabled person in their families. Lastly, involvement of families in the program can result in higher functional achievement by child with disabilities. Overall, it seems that family involvement is of crucial importance in all levels, particularly in developing countries where resources are scarce and virtually inaccessible.