Over 8 million children under the age of 14 live with a disability in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. These children are often denied educational opportunities and related services that have the potential to enhance their quality of life. In this qualitative study, we conducted a secondary analysis of interviews with eight parents of individuals with disabilities living in the Republic of Panama. The aim of this study was to examine the parental perceptions of disability, communication supports afforded to individuals with disabilities, and enablers and barriers families face when raising, educating, and finding services for their children. Four general themes emerged from the analysis of the transcript: child characteristics, child communication, sources of support, and barriers to inclusion. Implications and possible solutions are discussed.

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