Research Opportunity for Families

Hello parents,

I am a fellow parent of two children who are deafblind and am a doctoral candidate in special

education. I am working on my dissertation and need your help!

Are you a parent of a child who is deafblind who has ever struggled with previous or

current educational teams about your child’s IEP planning and programming? I am

looking for parents who would be willing to share parent-initiated strategies for resolving

conflict and increasing collaboration. If you have something to share, I would like the

opportunity to talk to you about your experiences.

To qualify to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

a) have at least one child who is deafblind between the ages of 10 and 18 who either is in special education services or has exited special education services and is achieving positive student outcomes,

b) have attended at least five IEP meetings,

c) have experienced some conflict with your child’s IEP teams and overcome some or all of those disagreements without the use of the due process,

d) have attended a meeting that required specific parent-initiated strategies to resolve the conflict, and

e) had IEP experiences that have resulted in needing to have meetings that lasted longer than the previous meeting and/or multiple meetings to address the issues.

f) any parent who has been involved in the due process would be excluded from participating in this study.

If you are interested and available, please go to and send me your email address

so I can contact you. You can also email me for more information. This interview should take no

longer than an hour and it will be completely confidential.

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.

Ms. Lanya McKittrick

Doctoral Candidate

School of Special Education

University of Northern Colorado