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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Cultural & Ethnic Diversity and Linguistic Competency

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Monday, November 6, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Congressional Ballroom B


Presenters

Creating Access for Immigrants with Disabilities to Ensure Best Outcomes
Tere Ramos, JD, Language Access Attorney, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UCEDD/LEND
Oanh Bui, MA, Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA, United States, MA - Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UCEDD/LEND;

This presentation will guide attendees on three areas that present common roadblocks for immigrants with disabilities to accessing services: language, immigration status, and culture. We will briefly explain the legal requirements that agencies receiving state and federal funds have follow to ensure everyone meaningful access, and why these policies are so important. We will also discuss cultural competence in increasing program access and broadening perspectives.


Cultivating Change: Implementing and Responding to a Center Wide Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment
Lashanna Brunson, MS, PBS Program Manager, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED) was formed in 2016 to evaluate, foster, and advance the WVU CED's vision, mission, and core values in regards to cultural and linguistic competency, diversity, and inclusion. This poster presentation will highlight our experience conducting the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations including results, challenges, and next steps.

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Exploring Peer Support Needs and Preferences in Culturally Diverse Parents of Children with Disabilities.
Robin Dodds, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Robin, PhD, Chicago, IL, United States, IL - Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
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This presentation will report on research findings from a focus group study of diverse parents of school-age children with disabilities. Research questions reported on include: How parents currently receive support; Supports that were or would have been helpful to parents at the time of diagnosis; Whether parents would like to receive support from another parent with a child like theirs; Which mode of support (telephone, online or group) they would prefer


Impacting Practice and Attitudes on Disability Across the Globe
Karen Wright, Master of Science, Manager, Outreach and Education, Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND
Kathleen Taylor, OTR/L, Albuquerque, NM, United States, NM - Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;
Slava Dovbynaor Tatiana Morozova, M.D./Psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation, St Petersberg, NM, Russia;
Russian Colleague, SLP/Psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation Center, Nizhny Novogrod, NM, Russia;
Russian Colleague, Center Director and Parent, Naked Heart Family Center, Chelyabinsk, NM, Russia;
Lauriann King, MFA and Parent, Albuquerque, NM, United States, NM - Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;

Since 2015, 50 staff from Russian organizations serving children with disabilities have participated as international LEND trainees to learn about ASD, including evidence-based strategies, family-centered care, and peer-mediated support. This presentation will describe the Summer of Purpose Program, its impact on beliefs, expectations and attitudes in Russia regarding ASD, and growth of 12 new innovative programs that have positively changed the service delivery model for those with ASD in Russia.

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Parents' Perceptions of Cultural Sensitivity in a UCEDD ethnically diverse center: A Pilot Study
Diana Rodriguez, LMSW, Social Worker/Cultural Diversity Coordinator, Rose F. Kennedy Center, UCEDD/LEND
Diana Rodriguez, LMSW, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, United States, NY - Rose F. Kennedy Center, UCEDD/LEND;
Maria Valicenti-McDermott, MD Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician , Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, United States;
Mayra Alvarez, Ph.D Clinical Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, United States;
Rosa Seijo, MD Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician , Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, United States;

This study assessed parents' perceptions of staff cultural sensitivity in 31 families who attend an urban, ethnically diverse center serving individuals with developmental disabilities, using survey of cultural competency. The majority of parents understood medical explanations and trusted their providers, but there are still gaps in building a culturally competent workforce. More research and understanding of the target community is needed.


Strategies Employed to Enhance Cultural Responsivity of an Assistive Technology Program to Promote Early Literacy for Preschoolers with Disabilities
Ruby Natale, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND
Patricia Pujals, MA, Miami, FL, United States, FL - Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Kelli Fontaine, M.Ed, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Miami, FL;
Beatriz Carricaburu, M.Ed, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Miami, FL;
Michelle Schladant , Ph.D., Miami, FL, United States, FL - Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND;

This research aims to advance evidenced based AT practices in a culturally responsive manner, ultimately helping close the achievement gap of minorities, and more specifically to improve the early literacy skills of young children with disabilities. Cultural targeting strategies, employed in the design and implementation of the project, will be presented. The results from this research can assist other projects aimed at generating an accessible AT program for underserved children.

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Spanish Language Adaptation of Legacy for Children for Latino Families: A Feasibility Trial Focused on Understanding Cultural Acceptability
Angela Harnden, PhD, Director of Data and Outcomes, Center for Learning and Leadership, UCEDD/LEND
Lana Beasley, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, OK, United States;
Angela Harnden, PhD, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, OK - Center for Learning and Leadership, UCEDD/LEND;
Irma Esparza, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, United States;
Corie King, BS, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, United States;
Omar Cervantes, BS, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, United States;
Amanda Morris, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, United States;
Jane Silovsky, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, United States;
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Legacy for Children (Legacy) is an evidence-based group parenting program to improve child health and development by strengthening the parent-child relationship, promoting maternal self-confidence and strengthening mothers' social support among low-income families. This project examined the feasibility of adapted Legacy for Spanish-speaking mothers. Qualitative results focusing on data regarding the cultural appropriateness of Legacy topics and activities as they relate to Latino families and their culture will be presented.


Maintaining the Change: Moving Beyond Talking the Talk to Walking the Walk When It Comes to Diversity and Inclusion
Bethany Sloane, PT, DPT, Pediatric Physical Therapist; Assistant Professor , Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND
Hannah Sanford-Keller, MS, CCC-SLP, Portland, OR, United States, OR - Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;
Lindsay Sauve, MPH, Portland, OR, United States, OR - Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;
Jamie Beckwith, PT, DPT, Portland, OR, United States, OR - Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;
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Change is inevitable. Diversity is growing within the nation. How do organizations meet the ever-changing need to more successfully serve individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds? The Institute on Development and Disability shares their journey from starting the conversation to pushing for infrastructure changes to meet this demand. Join us as we share strategies to create measurable and sustainable change in your organization.

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Diversifying LEND Training Curriculum
Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD, Program Director, Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, LEND
Mary Alice Favro, MA, Burlington, VT, United States, VT - Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, LEND;

Diversifying LEND training curriculum is important as more diverse trainees join our programs. How do trainees from underrepresented groups hear their experiences in our curriculum? What do we need to teach about racism, white privilege, health disparities and inequity? VT LEND will share curriculum change strategies to encourage LEND programs to diversify their curriculum to successfully meet the needs of trainees from underrepresented groups.


Person and Family Centered Practices through the Lens of Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Emily Price, M.A., Program Development Specialist, Department on Disability Services
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The District of Columbia's No Wrong Door grant implementation team along with a Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) Fellow will highlight strategies, activities and partnerships paving the way to cross-system systems change. Presenters will facilitate exercises used to engage staff, people and families in discussing cultural and linguistic competence. Participants will complete tools to develop a vision of services through a lens of cultural and linguistic competency.