ERIC Number: ED433167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Vecinos y Rehabilitation (Phase III): Assessing the Needs and Resources of Indigenous People with Disabilities in the Sierre Mixe. Final Report. [English Version].
Marshall, Catherine A.; Gotto, George S., IV
Since 1994, the American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center has been sharing successful research strategies related to disabilities and rehabilitation with indigenous people in Oaxaca, Mexico. Its first two projects identified the needs of indigenous people with disabilities in three geographic regions of Oaxaca and worked with a grassroots organization to create solidarity among people with disabilities in the Mixteca region, Oaxaca. This report describes the Center's third project, which assessed the feasibility of conducting major research and training projects involving indigenous people with disabilities in a remote, rural community: Totontepec Villa de Morelos, Mixe, Oaxaca. An introduction describes the Indian nations of Mexico; history of the Mixe people; characteristics of the Mixe language; political, geographic, and economic aspects of Mixe District; and Mixe concepts related to health, illness, and traditional treatments for persons with disabilities. A survey of 64 Mixe people with disabilities and ethnographic interviews with 12 disabled adults and family members identified the most common disabilities and needs among men, women, and children; disability definitions; available services; effects on quality of life; educational and employment needs; family assistance; needs of family members; concerns for the future; attitudes about responsibility to help; and recommendations. Appendices include descriptions of the Mixe and of the First Congress Regarding Disability in the Mixteca (Juan Areli Bernal Alcantara), the survey instrument (in Spanish and Mixe), interview questions, and other project documents. (Contains 25 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Children, Disabilities, Family Role, Females, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Indigenous Populations, Latin Americans, Males, Needs, Needs Assessment
Institute for Human Development, P.O. Box 5630, Flagstaff, AZ 86011; Tel: 520-523-4791 (available in alternate formats).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Oaxaca)