Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange:
CIRRIE has recently published a 79-page booklet:
"Disability and the Muslim Perspective: An Introduction for Rehabilitation and Health Care Providers."

"This publication will fill a void in the literature on disability intended for use by rehabilitation and health care professionals. We highlight both the difficulties and successes that Muslims with disabilities experience as they seek access to the opportunity to live a meaningful life. The growing number and diversity of Muslims in the United States challenges disability and health care providers and researchers to understand this population's perspectives, experiences and ways of practicing Islam, particularly relative to health care, disability and rehabilitation."

This publication is available for downloading on the CIRRIE website at

Printed copies can be ordered at a cost of $5.00.

CIRRIE will be conducting an international conference, Toward Culturally Responsive Disability Services in Niagara Falls, NY, October 6 & 7, 2008 incooperation with a number of Canadian and U.S. organizations.

The conference will focus on four themes:
* Cultural competency education and training (pre service and in service)
* Best practices in providing culturally responsive services in the disability and health services
* Acquiring and strengthening cultural competence through international experience
* Research on cultural competency

* The International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR) at the University of Toronto
* The Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO)
* CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre
* Refugee Cultural Competency Training Program, University at Buffalo Medical School
* Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research,University of Illinois at Chicago.

The keynote speaker will be Jerome Bickenbach of Queens University.

Further information, including registration, is available at:

(Thanks to Miho for providing this information to the blog)

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