[[abstract]]The purpose of this study was to construct a holistic perspective on the school career of students with cerebral palsy (C.P.). Moreover, it also explored the impacts and meanings of personal and environmental factors on their schooling process. This study was conducted by means of qualitative research methods, interviewing 2 individuals with C.P. who have higher education experience and significant others at different phases of schooling. Data were collected mainly by personal interview, field notes and related documents. Through repeated reading, combination and categorization of materials, the meanings and relationships between pieces of information were analyzed and established. The findings of this study indicated that the school career of students with C.P. was closely related to several personal and environmental factors. The personal factors could be divided into physical and psychological categories. Physical factors were primarily related to the severity of disability, while psychological factors included self concepts, achievement motivation, acceptance of disability, personality traits, personal values, interests, and belief systems. The environmental factors could also be categorized into: 1. family issues which included parental expectation, child raising practice, family support, parent-child relationships, and sibling relationships; 2. school issues which included acceptance by teachers, peer interaction/relationship, and necessary school accommodations; and 3. societal issues related to accepting attitudes of the society. The researcher also developed charts of interactions of relevant factors and personal career development of both subjects. It is concluded that: 1. family supports had profound impacts on students with C.P.; 2. Accommodation and flexibility of school systems were necessary for students with C.P. to learn successfully; 3. positive thinking was helpful for students with C.P. to cope with difficult situations in their life.
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