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Introduction to Special Issue - Multicultural Challenges in Employment of People with Disabilities

by Allen N. Lewis and Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla

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Lewis, A. & Arango-Lasprilla, J. (2010). Introduction to Special Issue - Multicultural Challenges in Employment of People with Disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 33(1), 1-2.


As this inaugural decade of the 21st century draws to a close, employment is a major concern amid what has been termed by some as the worst economic downturn since the depression of 1929. Culture is also increasingly important, especially as it relates to ethnicity when one considers the population increases by group in our current decade, i.e., the ten years between 2000 and 2010 according to United States Census Bureau. In this issue, we have assembled a cross-section of some of the important, timely and emerging research discussions that are underway today related to employment of individuals with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds. Specifically,we have manuscripts that address: (1) the engagement of ethnically diverse individuals with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation system, (2) application of the behavioral model of service utilization to predict factors associated with vocational rehabilitation use among Latino men with HIV/AIDS, (3) predicting outcomes among women of color with psychiatric disabilities, (4) evaluation and follow-up of supported employment initiatives in Spain from 1995 to 2008, (5) employment and vocational rehabilitation experiences among Latinos with different patterns of acculturation, and (6) employment outcomes after traumatic brain injury among racial and ethnic minority groups.

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