Experiences of Families from Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia in the United States

Dear Participant,

You are being asked to take part in a research study conducted by Soraya Fallah, CSUN Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as part of the requirements for the Ed.D. degree. If you choose to participate in this study, you will complete an anonymous survey. This survey will help us learn more about the experiences of families of children with special needs from Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia in the United States. This survey is an opportunity for families like you to share your opinions about your related child’s special education program and personnel. We hope that the knowledge gathered from this survey can help improve special education programs and inform schools on how to best serve Middle Eastern, North African, and Southwest Asian families of children with special needs. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.

You are eligible to participate if you are:
  • 18 or older
  • Currently live in the United States
  • Have a child or family member with special needs who is either currently attending school in the United States or has attended school in the United States within the past 10 years.
  • You or your family of origin are from a country, region, ethnic or religious minority group considered to be part of Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia.
The following countries and territories are included: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq,Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kurdistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, The United Arab Emirates, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine (The West Bank and Gaza Strip), Qatar, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey , Uzbekistan, Yemen.

Please note that this study is intended to be inclusive of all families who have ties to these regions, therefore, all ethnic and religious groups from Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia are encouraged to take this survey. This includes, but is not limited to: Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Azari, Bahá'ís, Balochs, Chaldean, Druze, Kurds, Lurs, Persian, Turkmens, Turks, Yazidis, Zazas, and others can participate in this study, even if not specifically named above.

You may complete this survey even if you are not the parent or primary caretaker of the child with special needs, as long as you have shared some responsibilities for the child’s education.

Most questions will give you the option to skip questions that you do not want to answer, and you may stop the survey at any time. Your responses are anonymous and no one will be able to link your answers back to you. Please do not include your name or other information that could be used to identify you in the survey responses. The data collected from this study will be used for research purposes and will be retained for two years. The potential risks of this study involve no more than minimal risk. There are no known harms or discomforts associated with this study beyond those encountered in normal daily life.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions regarding the conduct of this research, please contact Dr. Wendy Murawski at : 818-677-7494 and Soraya Fallah at 818-434-9609 or email soraya.fallah.418@my.csun.edu. If you have concerns or complaints about the research study or questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Research and Sponsored Projects: phone 818-677-2901 or email irb@csun.edu. This study is voluntary. If you do not wish to participate, please disregard this letter. If you are taking this survey online, please close your browser window to exit the survey.

If you want to participate in this study, click Next to begin the survey.
Thank you in advance for your time. Your answers are important and we appreciate your input.

Soraya Fallah
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