ERIC Number: ED455637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-12
I Will Make It: Disabled and Different.
Singh, Delar K.
This paper reports a case study of Rajesh, a highly motivated and successful Asian Indian youth who has a severe form of spina bifida, a complex condition of the central nervous system. The paper also describes the demographics and discusses the child rearing practices of Asian Indian families, explains family structure and role relationships in Asian Indian culture, discusses the value and belief systems of Asian Indian families, and delineates the communication styles that are utilized by Asian Indian families. Asian Indians are described as having a group orientation interdependent within the family, valuing the importance of academic achievement, valuing conformity, having humility and concern for others, emphasizing spirituality, and believing that actions of past lives affect the circumstances in which one is born and will life in this life. The paper concludes that it is imperative for all educators to acquire cross-cultural competence and that reliable alliances can only be established when cultural diversity is honored. It is recommended that educators follow the posture of cultural reciprocity that involves sharing perspectives among families and educators in an effort to understand one another. (Contains 12 references and 4 figures.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the combined Symposium of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Albuquerque, NM, October 12-13, 2000).