Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Steve Holtrop


This qualitative research study seeks to identify if peer support groups for parents with children who have disabilities are beneficial to the parents’ physical and emotional well-being. Previous literature has shown that parents of children with disabilities feel more knowledgeable, accepted, and empowered when they are able to share their successes and struggles with parents who are in similar situations. Furthermore, the literature also shows that when parents are actively involved with their child’s school, other parents, and their community, their children earn higher grades, attend school more often, have better social skills, and are more likely to attend college and graduate schools after graduation. For this study, parents of an existing local support group were interviewed and surveyed to gather information for this study. This action research provides the conclusion that a parental support group can provide long lasting physical and emotional benefits.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education