2010 Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity

November 306, 2010

Annie Alonso Amador, PsyD, MSW, accepts the 2010 AUCD Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity
Annie Alonso Amador, PsyD, MSW, accepts the 2010 AUCD Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity

Annie Alonso Amador, PsyD, MSW awarded 2010 AUCD Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity

Annie Alonso Amador, PsyD, MSW, of the Puerto Rico University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, received the 2010 Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity today at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference.

The award is presented to an Association member or group in recognition of exhibited leadership and committment to advancing programs and practices aimed toward increasing the diversity, cultural, and/or linguistic competencies within a Center and the Network as a whole, and for significant contributions to further the cause of understanding the diverse needs of families seeking disability services.

From the presentation ceremony:

"When the organization TASH received a family support training grant from ADD, Annie translated all the curriculum materials, at no cost, for both the Trainers' and Participants' Manuals for the Family Support, Culture and Disability Training. The purpose of this grant was to increase the cultural competency of family support in 14 states and territories, and broaden the base of family support by increasing the number of families and self-advocates from diverse backgrounds who participate in advocacy. Annie went above and beyond, translating related materials as well as preparing both of the local trainers, to understand the theoretical underpinnings of the training. Her extra efforts made them among the best prepared of the local trainers across the country.

Annie and the local trainers did all the logistical planning for three days of training for nearly 40 family members and people with disabilities in San Juan, Puerto Rico and carried many of the costs. The training resulted in a cohesive group with mentoring relationships in place between several self-advocates and young people and their families in transition.

This was the first time this curriculum has been translated into Spanish, and it is now available for families and self-advocates around the country. It was recently used in both Washington, DC and Seattle to support Spanish-speaking participants, and a workshop wholly in Spanish is scheduled for California. Annie did all this out of her own commitment to families and self-advocates. Congratulations, Annie. "

 

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Established in 1971, AUCD is a membership organization comprised of three national networks of interdisciplinary, university-based Centers dedicated to research, education, leadership training, policy development, and direct service for people with disabilities.