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AUCD - Pre-Conference Workshop 6: The Role of Self-Assessment in Achieving Cultural & Linguistic Competence: Lessons Learned from the UCEDD Network

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Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room 15

Session Description

Organizational self-assessment is a necessary, effective, and systematic way to plan for and incorporate cultural and linguistic competence. An assessment should address attitudes, behaviors, policies, structures, and practices of an organization or program, including those of its faculty, staff, students, board members, and volunteers. While there are many tools and instruments to assess organizational cultural and linguistic competence, few have been developed to address the cross-section of organizations concerned with disability.

The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations (CLCADO) was developed specifically for this purpose. The CLCADO is intended to support organizations to (1) plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent values, policies, structures, and practices in all aspects of their work; (2) enhance the quality of services, supports, and advocacy provided to diverse and underserved communities; (3) effect change in education, training, technical assistance, research, and public policy; and (4) advance cultural and linguistic competence as an essential approach to address racial and ethnic disparities and promote equity for people who experience disabilities and their families.

This workshop will explore the benefits of and a process for conducting self-assessment, introduce the CLCADO, and offer "personal narratives" from two UCEDD directors who engaged in self-assessment. These directors will share their motivations, successes and challenges, lessons learned, and what are outcomes thus far. Using a case study, participants will be engaged in an interactive small and large group process to use the results of a self-assessment process for taking next steps and action planning to embed culturally and linguistically competent values, policies, structures, practices in an organization.


Participants will:

  1. Describe the benefits of self-assessment for organizations and the people they serve and support.
  2. Describe the four-step process to conduct self-assessment.
  3. Discuss selected items from the CLCADO and their applicability for their respective organizations and programs.
  4. Respond to a case study that simulates action planning based on the results of an organizational self-assessment. 


Workshop Organizers

This workshop was organized by members of AUCD's Multicultural Council, Chair: Tom Uno, EdS, Arizona Institute for Human Development.

Featured Presenter(s)

Tawara Goode, MA
Director, National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University; Washington, DC

Harold Kleinert, EdD
Director Human Development Institute at University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY

A. Anthony Antosh, EdD
Director, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College; Providence, RI