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Webinar: Defining disability internationally: Implications for serving immigrant populations in the United States

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This presentation will provide multiple perspectives of the concept of “disability.” As an international researcher, the presenter has firsthand experience on language used, stigma, and legislation related to disability from countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria, and France. Global perspectives on disability, able-bodiedness, and gender roles can present themselves in our immigrant clients here in the United States. Ethical service provision requires cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity. The presenter proposes the concepts of “cultural humility” and cultural brokers in service provision to more effectively meet the needs of rehabilitation clients, support rapport-building, and facilitate adherence to rehabilitation plans.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To discuss disability from multiple worldviews
  2. To define and demonstrate cultural humility
  3. To discuss the value of cultural brokers


  • Abigail Akande, Ph.D., CRC

    Dr. Akande is in her fourth year as an Assistant Professor at Penn State Abington and teaches Bachelor’s-level courses in the Rehabilitation and Human Services degree program. Dr. Akande’s research interests include narrative interviewing, immigrant considerations in rehabilitation for women with disabilities, and those for women in developing countries.

August 5, 2020
Wed 1:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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