Rehabilitation and Disabilities
Curriculum Guides – This curriculum guide has been prepared by the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) under a grant from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Its purpose is to provide a resource that will assist faculty in speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling programs to integrate cultural competency education throughout their curriculum. (Link)
Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs – The EPICS Project provides training and information directly to Indian parents as well as to organizations and professionals on effectively meeting the educational needs of Indian children with disabilities, including the “transition to adult living.” EPICS also offers training and technical assistance on effective cross cultural communication. (Link)
The National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) – CNLD envisions a world in which the human rights of Latinxs with disabilities are upheld and their intersectional identities embraced.” Their mission is “to advocate, provide resources, and build community for Latinxs with disabilities.” The group also drafted several goals including “(1) building a national community of Latinxs with disabilities and their service providers and advocates, (2) protecting the rights of Latinxs with disabilities, and (3) providing educational and legal resources on issues important to our community.” (Link)
Culture and Disability – A 50 minute video presentation by CIRRIE director John Stone (2013). (link)
The Rehabilitation Provider’s Guide to Cultures of the Foreign-Born – An eleven-volume monograph series that provides specific information on cultural perspectives of foreign–born persons in the United States. (Link)
Culture in the Curriculum – The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information & Exchange (CIRRIE) project focuses on the provision of pre-service training and education for students in university rehabilitation programs, by developing teaching materials specific to speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling. As students prepare to enter the fieldwork practicum and internships, the cultural competence portion of the curriculum reflects discipline specific analysis and application.
Interprofessional Simulation Cases for Cultural Competence – Simulation provides opportunities to create clinical events that are infrequent occurrences in clinical field work and bring to life paper cases. Simulation bridges the gap between academic preparation and the work environment of rehabilitation. This project creates simulated clinical encounters with manikins and standardized patients for cultural competence training of rehabilitation students or providers. (Link)
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – APTA provides resources and current articles in cultural competence in physical therapy. (Link)
Institute on Disability Culture
Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy
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