Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2016-18)

Builds upon the earlier work of Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2008-2009), expanding and developing knowledge of disability services and supports across academic, provider, and cultural communities in the Twin Cities, and the in the African country of Zambia.

This project has several aims related to promoting scholarship, building local and international collaborations, providing outreach, and developing leaders, with the goal of improving the quality of services provided to children with disabilities and their families in Zambia. This project uses a tiered learning process that is interactive, flexible, built upon and inclusive of personal experiences, and is adapted based upon feedback from participants and changing circumstances. Among its activities are these that will: increase cultural knowledge and insight about the implementation of intervention strategies used in developing countries and varying cultural groups through small group discussion and consultation; explore the implications and cultural considerations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities in developing countries with limited resources and infrastructure; participate in information and clinical exchange with local rehabilitation providers on cultural strategies and considerations when working with individuals and families from different cultural groups; expand partners beyond those in the Twin Cities Zambia Disability Connection (2008-2009) project to include local occupational therapy providers to build direct service capacity in Zambia; increase access to quality home based education and occupational therapy services in Zambia; gain new approaches to community engagement and resource development in areas that are resource scarce; and provide experiential learning opportunities for staff, advocates, providers, and students to implement models of home based education and occupational therapy for children and adults with disabilities through lecture, small group discussions, and international travel.

This project was archived on 8/2019.