Aligning a training curriculum with local needs: Use of an advisory board

Renee A. Hepperlen, Paula Rabaey, Esther Ngulube, Jennifer Biggs, Donna DeGracia, Mary O. Hearst

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Children with disabilities and their families often experience life circumstances that lead to reduced quality of life in low- and middle-income countries. This article describes the development of a curriculum to train community volunteers to provide support to families of children with disabilities in Lusaka, Zambia, using feedback from an advisory board of local stakeholders. Stakeholders had two opportunities to offer input on the curriculum. Reviewer comments focused on three themes – making the manual more Zambian, needing additional content, and simplifying the message. Recommendations were incorporated into the manual – allowing for culturally appropriate alignment with Zambian needs and customs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1264-1273
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project is funded by the GHR Foundation.

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  • Advisory board
  • children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • collaborative curriculum development
  • inclusive program development
  • low- and middle-income countries


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