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Hispanic/Latinx Outreach Guide

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People of Hispanic origin are the United States’ largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics make up 18.5% of the nation’s total population. Given these numbers, it is very likely vocational rehabilitation professionals will work with this diverse group throughout their careers.

Every vocational rehabilitation client is unique and each person's background and culture has an enormous impact on their worldview — including beliefs about work. When you are counseling someone from a culture different to yours, tapping into resources about the client’s culture can help lay a foundation for a good vocational rehabilitation relationship.

Engaging Hispanic Job Seekers

The use of the terms “Hispanic” and “Latinx” have sparked controversy in recent years. How we identify personally and culturally is a personal choice that deserves respect; misusing the term could create an unintended barrier when vocational rehabilitation professionals begin working to build a therapeutic relationship with a job seeker. In general, these terms can be defined as:

  • Hispanic: People born or descended from Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Latino/a: People descended from Latin American countries, but whose language may not be Spanish.
  • Latinx: a gender neutral label.

As with any label, it is best to avoid applying them without knowing the person or group’s preference.

Here are some resources to get you started as you prepare to provide services that result in quality employment for the Hispanic/Latinx population.

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