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 the Culture of the Dominican Republic for Disability Service Providers

An introduction to the culture of the dominican republic for disability service providers
Ana López-DeFede


Altagracia, age 46, woke up one morning unable to move the right side of her body or to see. She refused to see a doctor, preferring to wait until her husband came home from work. As she waited, her family embarked on its own healing practices. She was rolled to her unaffected side to allow the “bad blood” to flow evenly throughout her body. Family members called their minister to start a healing prayer vigil and began to prepare a tea with properties to reverse the paralysis.

Guillermo, age 26, suffered head and spinal cord injuries from a car accident. ...

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