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Historically, people with disabilities are a marginalized cultural group in that their lived world is less well represented in mainstream services. The rehabilitation counseling profession has the goal to prioritize and empower people with disabilities for thriving in their personal and community lives. However, cultures exist within social systems often characterized by inequities, obliging a need to go beyond multicultural counseling to address social injustices that would occur to populations with historical disadvantages such as people with disabilities. The present study discusses the multicultural counseling movement and its impact in the field of rehabilitation counseling. The study first introduces the birth of multicultural counseling and how it has landed in the field of counseling. From a chronological perspective, authors then extended their discussion to address controversies and debates in the phase of the multicultural counseling movement that contributed to tailoring the concept of multicultural counseling. Authors further elaborated discussion on the future direction of multicultural counseling in the field of rehabilitation counseling by emphasizing the importance of individualized service needs one of the philosophical tenants of rehabilitation counseling, and how diversity and cultural differences can be further empowered within the commonality we have as human beings.


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