Face-to-Face with Disability and Poverty in Central America: Learning from Amputees about Social Support and Resilience

  • Karen Smith Rotabi Virginia Commonwealth University


Working as a program evaluator of a human services program in Central America, the author was confronted with her conceptions of disability, resilience, and social support. She presents three stories of amputees, each with a unique story of survival. As the stories unfold in this reflective discourse, lessons of acceptance and even forgiveness emerge as central themes.

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