Women, Older Adult, and LGBTQ Populations with Disabilities in Rural, Frontier, and Territory Communities

  • Debra A. HarleyEmail author
  • Pamela B. Teaster


Individually and collectively, women, older adults, and LGBTQ populations with disabilities in rural communities face unique challenges that are gender, age, gender identity, gender expression, and disability specific. For some, the intersection of these and positionalities provides a framework for how to guide a meaningful approach to service delivery. In this chapter, we focus on barriers to employment and quality of life for women, older adults, and LGTBQ populations in rural, frontier, and territory communities. Information is presented on how community and cultural dispositions, perceptual attributes, and geographic remoteness influence a client’s responsiveness to vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and the counselor’s understanding of how to meet the unique needs and expectations of women, older adults, and LGBTQ populations. In general, people are living longer and staying in the workforce longer, and in some instances, with age comes increased disability.


Aging Disability Elderly Gender identity Older adults Remote Rural Sexual orientation Women LGBTQ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Gerontology (0555)Virginia Tech UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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