ERIC Number: ED341199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Developing Advocacy for Special Needs in an International Community.
Jonietz, Patricia L.
This paper examines issues of special needs advocacy in an international context and describes BRUSH (Brussels Support for the Handicapped), an advocacy organization in Brussels, Belgium. The possibility that advocacy is a culturally determined concept is raised. BRUSH is a group of families from the international community of Brussels who provide advocacy services for English speaking handicapped individuals and their families in the area. The group has surveyed the community, sponsored conferences, and increased its international emphasis. A data collection project utilizing multiple methods (interviews, questionnaires, and document analysis) and multiple sources (national advocacy groups and international groups of parents or professionals) was conducted. Respondents (N=36) were multicultural, multilingual, and multinational and favored advocacy programs primarily for family members and parents. When asked about the nature of international advocacy respondents differed as to its adversarial nature but agreed that fluency in both the maternal and environmental languages is important. The survey also identified the issue of culturally appropriate vocabulary for efforts in international advocacy. Specific issues identified included the confusion over an international definition of advocacy and the high mobility of community members. Includes 18 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium