Culture and Disability
Providing Culturally Competent Services
- John H. Stone - University at Buffalo, USA
Theories of Counseling
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.
"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."
"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."