Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wilson, Louise


This applied dissertation investigated how Muslim parents of children with special needs bring understanding to raising their child with special needs. This researcher conducted a qualitative study to find out if Muslim parents from different ethnic backgrounds had similar experiences to those studied by Jegatheesan, Miller, and Fowler (2010). The researcher developed and administered qualitative interviews to four Pakistani Muslim parents in England and three Somali Muslim parents in Minnesota. These Muslim parents were asked questions regarding background of their child, community experiences, positive and negative school experiences, and whether faith or culture played a greater role as they reflected on the first four questions. The data revealed that these seven parents relied on their faith in all instances; two of the seven parents identified faith equally with something else (culture for one, and science for the other).

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation