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.
Chapter 5: An Introduction to Jamaican Culture for Rehabilitation Service Providers
An Introduction to Jamaican Culture for Rehabilitation Service Providers
The literature in the field of rehabilitation is replete with information emphasizing the value of cultural awareness and competence for effective rehabilitation service delivery to minorities with disabilities (Schaller, Parker, & Garcia, 1998; Walker, Belgrave, Banner, & Nicholls, 1986; Walker, Belgrave, Nicholls, & Turner, 1991). A significant portion of this literature addresses the needs of African Americans (Belgrave & Walker, 1991; Fiest-Price and Ford-Harris, 1994; Harley & Alston, 1996; McGoldrick, Pearce, & Giordana, 1982). When African American rehabilitation issues have been discussed, the nature of the discussion has encompassed the rehabilitation concerns of all Africans who have been a part of the diaspora. Frequently, all immigrants who share ...