Delivery of AAC Services to a Rural American Indian Community More and more, service providers are finding themselves experiencing the challenge of working with families whose cultural experiences and linguistic systems are quite different from their own. The threat of cross cultural conflict and ineffective services are daunting realities for the ill prepared clinician, particularly when approaching the relatively ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2000
Delivery of AAC Services to a Rural American Indian Community
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  • Sheila Bridges
    North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
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Article   |   May 01, 2000
Delivery of AAC Services to a Rural American Indian Community
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 2000, Vol. 9, 6-9. doi:10.1044/aac9.2.6
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 2000, Vol. 9, 6-9. doi:10.1044/aac9.2.6
More and more, service providers are finding themselves experiencing the challenge of working with families whose cultural experiences and linguistic systems are quite different from their own. The threat of cross cultural conflict and ineffective services are daunting realities for the ill prepared clinician, particularly when approaching the relatively uncharted waters of AAC and cultural diversity. Culturally sensitive services begin with a knowledge base and understanding of the cultural history, practices, and orientation of our consumers. American Indians are one such population and the focus of this paper.
Lumbee Indians represent the largest group of Indians in North Carolina as well as the largest east of the Mississippi River. The Lumbee Indians are a federally recognized tribe, yet they receive no government funding nor reside on a reservation. The largest population of Lumbee Indians resides in a rural county in North Carolina with a tri-racial distribution of African Americans, European Americans, and Indians (North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs).
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