Resources for Native Americans with Disabilities: Rehabilitation

Consortium for Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR)


Format           Consortium     


CANAR facilitates collaboration and cooperation among administrators of rehabilitation projects serving American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people with disabilities by 1) providing a forum to enable administrators to study, deliberate, and act upon matters affecting rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of expanding quality rehabilitation services to AI/AN people with disabilities; 2) providing a resource for the formulation and expression of collective points of view of administrators on issues affecting rehabilitation on reservations, trust territories, Alaska Native villages, and across the country and to disseminate these views to service providers, related facilities, companies, and concerned citizens, 3) providing a means of communication with related organizations and governmental bodies on matters related to rehabilitation service provision, education and research; 4) conducting and supporting research demonstration which leads to an improvement of rehabilitation services for AI/AN people with disabilities on reservations, trust territories, Alaska Native villages, and across the country; 5) promoting and maintaining service outcomes that develop a professional identity for practitioners in rehabilitation whose career goals are rehabilitation service provision, education, and administration to AI/AN people with disabilities; and 6) conducting and supporting efforts to increase the number of AI/AN practitioners in Vocational Rehabilitation.


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Joe Kelley         




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CANAR Administrative Office
105 Jefferson St.
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Phone: (318)354-7400
Fax: (318)354-7300



Rehabilitation and American Indians with Disabilities by Cathryn Marshall

Women’s International Leadership Institute


Format           Handbook


The purpose of this book is to introduce administrators, practitioners, and community members to working with American Indian/American Native (AI/AN) people with disabilities, provide models of intervention and training in terms of rehabilitation practice, and to present cultural factors and ethical concerns which influence models of research. It was intended that the lessons learned and the needs identified would serve to inform those helping AI/AN people with disabilities of the best practices for intervention with this population.


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