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

SUMMARY

Several studies have described what happens to a family that has a child with special needs; however, little is known about this issue in developing countries. In Brazil, there is a lack of a systematic research on children with disabilities and their families. This study describes the sociodemographic characteristics of a sample of 49 families of children with disabilities enrolled in special schools in Pelotas, Southern Brazil. Family needs were explored through the Family Needs Survey (FNS). The results indicated that comparisons between findings on the FNS in the United States and Pelotas, reaffirm the idea that some family needs are universal. The present study raised some important questions about differences and similarities of the FNS in both countries. Limitations of this study along with suggestions for future research are discussed.