Parent Satisfaction Survey

You are being asked to take part in this research study because I am interested in learning about the education of students with special needs .
Surveys are being administered to parents of special needs children grades K-12. The study will only include people who choose to take part. It will take roughly 15 minutes to complete. Please read this consent form carefully and take your time making your decision. The nature of the study, risks, inconveniences, discomforts, and other important information about the study are listed below. The study is being conducted by Dr. Michelle Bemiller, a Professor of Sociology at Walsh University. This study is being done to add to knowledge of parents’ experiences with special education in their child's school.  Since participation is voluntary, it is difficult to provide an accurate count of how many individuals will participate in the study, but I estimate roughly 200 participants will complete the survey.  Survey responses will be anonymous and confidential. As such, I do not anticipate that participants will experience any adverse effects or risks by participating. Your participation in the study will provide much needed knowledge related to working with and having  children with special needs in school. There are no direct personal benefits connected to participation.There are no costs associated with participation in this research study.    You may choose not to be in the study, or, if you agree to be in the study, you may withdraw from the study at any time.  If you withdraw from the study, no new data about you will be collected for study purposes. Your decision not to participate or to withdraw from the study will not involve any penalty.

For questions about the study, or if you have complaints, concerns or suggestions about the research, contact Dr. Bemiller at (330) 490-7504 or by email at mbemiller@walsh.edu. For questions about your rights as a research participant, or to discuss problems, concerns or suggestions related to the research, or to obtain information or offer input about the research, contact Walsh University’s IRB office at (330) 490-7443 or irb@walsh.edu. 
 
At the end of the survey, you will see a "thank you" page that includes my email address should you choose to be put into a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards for your participation. There is no way to link your survey with your name/address, this is solely for distribution of gift cards to the lucky winners.

STATEMENT OF CONSENT

The purpose of this study, procedures to be followed, risks and benefits have been explained to me. I have been told that I may contact the Walsh University’s IRB Office at (330) 490-7443 or irb@walsh.edu if I have questions about my participation.I have read this consent form and agree to be in this study, with the understanding that I may withdraw at any time. By clicking “OK”, you consent that you are willing to answer the questions in this survey.

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