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Testimonios of Undocumented Latinx Students with Disabilities: Finding a Way Forward

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dc.contributor.advisor Francis, Grace L Lavín, Carlos Enrique
dc.creator Lavín, Carlos Enrique 2020-07-27 2020-10-13T17:25:25Z 2020-10-13T17:25:25Z
dc.description.abstract This dissertation focuses on how collective narratives help identify systemic barriers and supports from Kindergarten to 12th grade by examining the experiences of undocumented Latinx students with disabilities. Because of the intersectionality of immigration status, ethnicity/race, and disability, there is not enough research that can help understand this population’s strengths and needs. In order to further understand how undocumented Latinx with disabilities navigate their K-12 experience, I used testimonio as the research methodology to engage two students who identified as Latinx, self-disclosed having a learning disability, and had Temporary Protective Status. In addition, I also recruited the students’ immediate family to complement the students’ testimonio with their own narrative. Through collaborative analysis and the use of a critical race grounded methodology, I analyzed the testimonios of the study participants and identified the supports and barriers undocumented Latinx students with disabilities face in K-12 settings. When the participants felt they were seen as fully human by school administrators, staff, teachers, and peers, they identified systems of support. When the participants felt the Dominant narrative influenced how people saw them and were only measured by their disability, race/ethnicity, or immigration status, they identified systemic barriers. My analysis concludes that the testimonios of my participants indeed reveal effective counter-stances to the Dominant narrative. It also proposes a way forward. Through the testimonios of my participants, a different narrative emerged, offering an alternative to the Dominant narrative’s dualistic stance. The dissertation ends with a call to action, challenging educators to identify the ways in which they can disrupt the Dominant narrative in their classroom. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject testimonio en_US
dc.subject disability en_US
dc.subject special education en_US
dc.subject Latinx en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.subject LatCrit en_US
dc.title Testimonios of Undocumented Latinx Students with Disabilities: Finding a Way Forward en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US Doctor of Philosophy in Education en_US Doctoral en_US Education en_US George Mason University en_US

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