Working with CALD Families - Disability Awareness

Online Resource


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About this resource

This online HTML resource provides additional cultural specific information relating to disability and perspectives from Asian, Middle Eastern and African cultures not covered in our courses.

The resource contains tips and guidelines, and approaches based on cultural consideration.

It includes case studies using multi-media to enhance the learning process.

This is not a stand-alone resource and does not provide information on general disability issues.

  • Section I (Middle Eastern, South Asian and other Muslim based cultures) provides an overview of disability and the Muslim perspective since Muslims form the majority in the countries within this section. This information about Islam and disability may be applied to other cultures that are predominantly Muslim and shaped by Islamic practices.
  • Section II (Indian culture) presents information on Indian culture and disability.
  • Section III (Somali, Sudanese, Ethiopian and Eritrean cultures) focuses on disability and cultures in the Horn of Africa.
  • Section IV (East Asian cultures) provides information on disability in Chinese culture and other cultures that share the Chinese heritage of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.


Victoria Camplin-Welch.

Citation information


Researched and written by Victoria Camplin-Welch.

Produced by eCALD® Services, Waitemata District Health Board (2012).

Copyrighted to Waitemata District Health Board (2012).

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