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Culture and Disability

Culture and Disability
Providing Culturally Competent Services

August 2004 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"Culture and Disabilty is a groundbreaking work on persons with disabilities from diverse immigrant backgrounds. It is a pioneering and practical volume dealing with topics that have been too long ignored. Using a ‘cultural broker’ model and written by individuals who have emigrated to the U.S. from countries such as China, Korea, Jamaica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, Providing Cultural Competent Disability Services contains concrete examples, case studies, and recommendations that will help rehabilitation practitioners in their day-to-day activities. Providing Cultural Competent Disability Service also serves as an excellent supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate programs in rehabilitation and related disciplines." —Paul Leung, Ph.D., CRC, University of North Texas

One in ten persons living in the United States was born in another country, and in many areas this percentage is much higher. Minority groups are currently underrepresented in the rehabilitation professions; consequently many persons with disabilities are served by professionals from a culture that may be very different than their own. Culture and Disabilty 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.

Culture and Disabilty 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. Each of these chapters includes a discussion of the history of immigration to the United States, the role of the family and the community in rehabilitation, as well as recommendations for service providers on working with persons from each culture.

Culture and Disabilty is a unique and timely text for students and instructors in disability-related programs. It is also a vital resource for service providers who work in cross-cultural environments.

John H. Stone
John H. Stone
Nora Groce
Chapter 1. Immigrants, Disability and Rehabilitation
Paula Sotnik, Mary Ann Jezewski
Chapter 2. Culture and Disability
Mary Ann Jezewski, Paula Sotnik
Chapter 3. Disability Service Providers as Culture Brokers
Gloria Liu
Chapter 4. Best Practices: Developing Cross-Cultural Competence From a Chinese Perspective
Doreen Miller
Chapter 5. An Introduction to Jamaican Culture for Rehabilitation Services Providers
Weol Soon Kim-Rupnow
Chapter 6. Disability and Korean Culture
Eric Jacobson
Chapter 7. An Introduction to Haitian Culture for Rehabilitation Service Providers
Felipe O. Santana
Chapter 8. An Introduction to Mexican Culture for Service Providers
Ana Lopez-DeFede, Dulce Haeussler-Fiore
Chapter 9. An Introduction to the Culture of the Dominican Republic for Disability Service Providers
Peter Hunt
Chapter 10. An Introduction to Vietnamese Culture for Rehabilitation
John H. Stone
Chapter 11. Navigating the Sea of Culture: Life Jackets for Providers of Disability Services

"With sections originally written for clinicians, Culture and Disability has expanded the scope work to include valuable information for both service providers as well as researchers. Culture and Disability is an excellent resource for both of its intended audiences."

Patricia A. Findley
The State University of New Jersey
Springer Science + Business Media

"This book is a valuable text not only for physical therapists but for all professionals working with individuals who have immigrated from other countries and presents themselves for rehabilitation services. This book is timely and should be an addition to any rehabilitation professionals' library considering the increase in immigration as well as the changes in the patterns of immigration to the United States. It is an appropriate book for physical therapists and provides valuable information to the rehabilitation specialist looking to increase their knowledge of working with immigrants with disabilities and their families."

Kim Nixon-Cave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
American Physical Therapy Association
Key features
  • Contains information about specific cultures of foreign-born persons.
  • Focuses on disability and rehabilitation, and discusses related cultural issues.
  • Numerous case examples are included.

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