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Thursday, December 14 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empowering Family-Professional Partnerships Through Cultural Reciprocity LIMITED

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Professionals who strive to collaborate with families, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, are encouraged to ask: "How can I go beyond cultural awareness to be truly culturally responsive in my practice with families?" In this question, there is a realization that professionals need to go beyond mere recognition of differences in language, race, ethnicity, communication styles (i.e., overt and covert level of awareness) to a recognition of differences in values, belief, principles, etc. that defines who we are (i.e., subtle level of awareness). This presentation will share how professionals can use "a posture of cultural reciprocity" (Kalyanpur & Harry, 2012) to explore these subtle cultural differences to become more responsive, collaborative partners with individuals who have disabilities and their families. This "posture of cultural reciprocity" approach involves: 1) identifying the cultural values, beliefs and/or assumptions embedded in one's interpretation of an individual's disability, in one's particular recommendation(s) for services/practice, in one's interactions with a family, other professionals, etc.; 2) finding out whether the family recognizes and holds the same beliefs, values and/or assumptions. If not, finding out how their views differ; 3) acknowledging and explicitly respecting any cultural differences identified and fully explaining the cultural basis for one's professional beliefs/assumptions; and 4) through discussion and collaboration, determining the most effective way to adapt one's professional interpretations or recommendations to the value system of the family. During the presentation, participants who are professionals will be asked to think of a situation or interaction with a family/parent when they recommended a particular course of action or had a particular priority or vision for a student/consumer. Participants who are parents/family members will be asked to think of a particular course of action or a particular priority or vision that they had for their child/family member with a disability. Then each participant will use a personal identity web to help articulate aspects of their own identity/ affiliations (e.g., nationality/culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, exceptionality/ non-exceptionality, professional education, etc.) that may contribute to values and beliefs underlying their recommendations, priorities, and/or vision and to share these with another participant. The purpose of this activity is to assist family members and professionals to envision how this process can empower their partnerships. Finally, we will brainstorm possible barriers to the implementation of this "posture of cultural reciprocity" for both professionals and families as well as possible ways to overcome these barriers for each step of the process/approach. Kalyanpur, M. & Harry, B. (2012). Cultural reciprocity in special education: Building family-professional relationships.

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Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Professor, Teaching Credentials-Special Education, California State University, Sacramento

Thursday December 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
M302 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303