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ERIC Number: EJ887272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
Building Multicultural Transitions for Ethnically Diverse Learners with Disabilities
Wilder, Lynn K.; Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Obiakor, Festus E.; Rotz, Elizabeth J.
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v9 n1 p22-33 Aug 2006
Individuals with disabilities tend to experience fewer successful outcomes in postsecondary transition than do youth without disabilities. Ethnically diverse learners have added challenges, such as worldviews, values, language, family involvement, level of acculturation, expectations, decision-making style, meaning of work, importance of money and social status, and role models that may be dissimilar to the dominant school and work cultures. This article addresses three elements commonly attended to in postsecondary transition for learners with disabilities--their disability types, their preferences, and their strengths--but adds culture as a fourth critical component and explains how cultural considerations can be infused throughout the transition process for ethnically diverse learners with disabilities. The authors offer practical suggestions, including an innovative new program using Latino paraeducators as translators and mentors, to support successful multicultural transitions for ethnically diverse learners with disabilities. (Contains 1 table.)
Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A