Culture and Disability provides information about views of disability in other cultures and ways in which rehabilitation professionals may improve services for persons from other cultures, especially recent immigrants. The book includes chapters with descriptions of the interaction of culture and disability. A model on "Culture Brokering" provides a framework for addressing conflicts that often arise between service providers and clients from differing cultures. Seven chapters discuss the cultural perspectives of China, Jamaica, Korea, Haiti, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, focusing on how disability is understood in these cultures.

Culture and the Disability Services

Culture and the disability services
Mary AnnJezewski


This chapter presents basic information about key concepts related to cultural diversity among foreign-born persons. Examples relevant to the practice of disability service providers are provided in each section. These concepts will assist the reader in understanding the culture-brokering model presented in the next chapter. Also included in this chapter is a discussion of concepts related to foreign-born consumers and rehabilitation services.

This chapter should be viewed as a starting point for understanding and providing culturally sensitive services to foreign-born consumers. It is beyond the scope of this chapter to include all the information necessary to provide services to persons from different cultures, but it does provide some generic information necessary to move toward that goal. ...

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