New Online Training for Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs)

Monday, July 21, 2008- Friday, August 8, 2008
Location: Online Course

The American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC) through its Technical Assistance on Native American Culture project (TANAC) introduces a new online training for Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) who work with Native American SSA beneficiaries with disabilities. Through this web-based course, CWICs will gain a basic understanding of cultural issues and concerns of Native American Social Security beneficiaries and learn effective outreach techniques to improve services.

By the end of the three-week training course, participants will:

  1. Learn statistical and historical information on the diversity of indigenous peoples in the United States and the different degrees to which they have adopted mainstream cultural patterns (acculturation);
  2. Understand the concept of tribal sovereignty and how it affects accessibility for people with disabilities;
  3. Examine differences in communication styles and social protocols and learn guidelines for effective and respectful cross-cultural communication in order to facilitate outreach in Native communities;
  4. Learn strategies for conducting outreach in Native communities including how to make contact and partner with tribal liaisons;
  5. Learn why Talking Circles are an effective outreach tool and how to implement one in their service area.

The course will be held from July 21, 2008 through August 8, 2008. If you're interested in learning more about this course or AIDTAC's other services please contact Julie Clay at jclay@ruralinstitute.umt.edu.