SPECIAL ISSUE ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Abstract: This article presents the results of a survey of 183 Latino family members of students with visual impairments. Although the family members expressed positive attitudes toward schools and teachers and believed that families need to be involved in the education of their children, they were not as positive about their ability to help their children in reading and math. Student variables associated with differences among respondents were age and reading mode, and variables specific to the respondents were language and educational level.
Angela M. Bau
Abstract: Providing culturally competent services to visually impaired persons requires an understanding of the influence of culture on effective assessments and plans of action. This article examines seven cultural values: communication, health beliefs and practices, family structure, attitude toward authority, etiquette, expectations of "helping," and time orientation. It provides suggestions for meeting cross cultural challenges through skills similar to those used in the disability field.
Evie Weil Rote
Abstract: Through the experiences and development of a young, congenitally blind Ethiopian boy, this article shows some of the cultural differences between Ethiopians and Israelis, the complexity of cultural transition, and the importance of respecting different childrearing practices and values.
Abstract: Excerpts from an interview with an Asian American woman about her views on aspects of her life illustrate key issues related to the cultural implications of having a visual impairment. Suggestions for professionals who work with Asian American or Pacific Islander clients are also presented.
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