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ERIC Number: EJ898500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
Diversity: What We Know, What We Need to Know, and What We Need to Do
Dukes, Charles; Lamar-Dukes, Pamela
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v34 n3-4 p71-75 2009
It has been about 9 years since the last special issue on diversity in "Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities" ("RPSD"). The obvious question people ask: What progress has been made to awareness, respect, and inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds in their society? Specifically, has any progress been made for individuals with severe disabilities from diverse backgrounds? In spite of what are seemingly similar goals, social justice for underrepresented and often excluded people, advocates of multicultural education, and advocates of effective services and supports for children and adults with severe disabilities seem to be working on parallel nonconvergent paths. Perhaps this is attributable to a lack of broad organizational collaboration, or perhaps the issue reaches deeper and is a symptom of continued efforts to frame clear perspectives on both disability and diversity with the intent of addressing both. Essentially, both disability and diversity are seen as so salient to one's values, actions, and potential outcomes that it is often difficult to see one as more salient than the other. In this article, the authors discuss some of the issues on diversity in the context of efforts to design, implement, and evaluate services and supports for children from diverse backgrounds with severe disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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