Latino/as with Disabilities: Do gender and race influence vocational rehabilitation?

Open Access
Author:
Moore, Amy JoAnna
Graduate Program:
Counselor Education
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
None
Committee Members:
  • Brandon Hunt (Thesis: Keith Wilson), Thesis Advisor
  • Keith B Wilson, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • hispanic
  • latino
  • latina
  • disability
  • gender
  • race
  • vocation
  • rehabilitation
Abstract:
The purpose of this paper is to examine the differences of VR acceptance rates when comparing race and gender within the Latino ethnicity. Disparities due to race exist in the Latino populations, some of which are consistent with racial disparities in the non-Latino population. Research on racial disparities and gender disparities in state Vocational rehabilitation (VR) has shown differences in the access to services and the outcomes of those services. Gender research has shown that women with disabilities tend to be accepted for services more frequently if their disabilities are less than severe. Research also shows that although women are accepted more frequently than men with disabilities, their cases are closed more as homemakers and less consistently with their goals than are men’s cases and more often in a non-goal-related status of homemaker (Danek & Lawrence, 1985). Findings suggested that while no main effect for gender or race existed in VR acceptance rates of Latino/as with disabilities in the 2007 fiscal year, the likelihoods of interaction effects (on VR acceptance rates) between gender and race, gender and severity of disability, race and severity of disability, and race and primary source of support were highly significant.