If you decide to expand your practice to work with such cases, you’ll quickly find you must make some changes—some small, others a bit more cumbersome—to smooth the way for your new clientele.Let me illustrate by using my own firm as an example.Those students may require additional accommodation approaches to be employed.How does the presence of diversity impact our understanding of society and formulation of adequate policies?People with disabilities may just have the skills and competencies you require within your organization yet they are often under-employed.It is important to consider how your organization can tap this potential source of employees.Before you forge ahead into new territories, however, you might do well to consider some of the factors that go into wooing and working with new categories of clients.For simplicity, this article considers “diverse” clients to be anyone who is not just like you—whether in mobility, language, education, emotional stability, intelligence, visual acuity, or other attributes.
In studying the “Westward Movement” (the settlement of the American west), for example, it is important to point out that this movement was “westward” only from the point of view of the white Americans living in the eastern United States.
Peter Emberley is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa.
Kraft In these difficult economic times, many solo and small firm lawyers are considering diversifying their practices.
As the comments in the previous section imply, accommodating to cultural diversity involves more than adding cultural content to the curriculum—more than celebrating Mexican holidays in an American social studies class, for example, and more than discussing the history of slavery of African-Americans.
These are useful actions, but they are only a starting point for truly education (Banks, 2009).