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What is culture brokering? How does the process work?

"Culture brokering" is a systematic way to analyze the role culture plays in an individual or family's experiences with disability services. Culture brokering gives professionals the tools to assess cultural factors so they can work more productively with clients from diverse backgrounds. Initially developed by Mary Ann Jezewski, the cultural brokering model for the health field can help bridge the gap between foreign-born consumers and the disability service system. Dr. Hasnain and Ms. Sotnik adopted this model as a framework for professionals in the rehabilitation and disability arenas.

The workshop is useful for disability agencies, health providers, government, higher education institutions, and rehabilitation service providers, who will learn to:

The culture brokering workshop was developed by Dr. Hasnain and Ms. Sotnik at ICI and the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research/U.S. Department of Education. It has been presented nationally and internationally and used successfully by many rehabilitation professionals.

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