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.

An Introduction to Mexican Culture for Service Providers

An introduction to Mexican culture for service providers
Sandra Santana-Martin
Felipe O.Santana


My (Felipe) left arm felt like a dead branch hanging from a tree, and I thought I would never be able to move it again. My shoulder was frozen from my diabetes; I had too many calcifications. When I tried to move it, excruciating pain resulted. My right arm was beginning to feel the same way. I recall feeling fearful, thinking I was going to be without movement in my arms. My doctor referred me to the best physical therapist in the city. The following morning, my wife, Delia, drove me to my appointment. In the Latino culture, having a relative go with the patient to see a ...

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