Answered Questions is a monthly resource for the Spanish language Disability Community that fills an information need. Each month, we look through the searches on our blog and through the information requests made by our patrons who speak Spanish and pick a topic that fills the largest need. Each resource mentioned below is associated with this month’s information need. We search the various Spanish language News sources and feeds throughout the month to bring you these articles. With the exception of the NIDILRR Projects and Further Investigation, all the linked articles and resources are in Spanish – any that are in English will be clearly marked. This month we focus on Hispanic Heritage Month: Latinos and Disabilities – Research and Researchers, the most popular research topic among our Spanish-speaking patrons.
The Texas Trilingual Initiative: Providing Effective Communication for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Hispanic. Project Number: H133G040115. (English)
Although this project has completed its research activities and is now closed, the Texas Trilingual Initiative is an efficient Trilingual Interpreter Certification Program that acknowledges that there is a rarely recognized linguistic barrier (ASL, English, and Spanish) that affects Hispanics who are deaf or hard of hearing. This program includes the development and validation of beginning and advanced level tests for trilingual interpreting certifications that evaluate interpreting capabilities.
Rehabilitation Readiness Tool for Latinos with Psychiatric Disabilities. Project Number: H133G020181. (English)
This project has also completed its research activities. However, it developed a Rehabilitation Readiness Tool for Latino Consumers with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities. This project addressed barriers related to the utilization of services by Latinos, which included a lack of comprehension of how to start services that would match the needs of Latino clients and a lack of related readiness educational materials in Spanish. The tool developed during this project helps Latinos engage more successfully in the rehab process and provides a bridge between the potential Latino consumer and existing rehab services.
From the NARIC Collection:
Health and Wellness:
Culturally competent interventions to address obesity among African American and Latino children and youth. NARIC Accession Number: J66537. Project Number: H133A120101. (English)
This article reviews the literature related to evidence based culturally competent strategies that help prevent and address obesity. This article also discusses the roles of occupational therapists (OT) that work with at risk populations in school or clinical environment. Unique strategies are highlighted in this article and shares obesity interventions that are complex and involve multi-level strategies. The authors recommend specific roles for OTs that help promote the implementation of each strategy.
Schools and Family Involvement: Attitudes Among Latinos Who Have Children With Visual Impairments. NARIC Access Number: J36652. (English)
This article discusses a survey of 183 Latino family members of students with visual disabilities. The study investigated the attitudes and perceptions held by Latino families in relation to school programs for their children with visual disabilities. The study results suggest that families had positive attitudes towards the schools. The article also discusses variations in positive and negative feelings towards being able to help their children with school work, feeling welcome in the schools, and participating in their child’s education.
Employment, vocational rehabilitation, and the ticket to work program: Perspectives of Latinos with Disabilities. NARIC Access Number: J51581. (English)
45 Latinos with disabilities, who were employed and/or looking for employment, participated in focus groups to express their experiences with employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and the Ticket to Work Program. The article discusses the barriers to employment discussed by the participants, along with their concerns that VR counselors displayed a lack of responsiveness and collaboration. The article also discusses the knowledge that participants had about the Ticket to Work program and the limitations and implications of the study.
Latinos with Disabilities in the United States (World Institute – Disability)
This article by the World Institute – Disability (WID) and Proyecto Visión discusses Latinos with disabilities in the US, the services available to them (with some example of innovative services), research related to Latinos with disabilities, and priorities for change. The article also provides contact information for all the organizations named in the article.
- United States – Culture and Disability presented by John Stone (CIRRIE) (English)
- United States – National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
- United States – Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center in Spanish