Multicultural Council

 

Purpose

• The Council provides leadership and assists the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to respond to the requirements for inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence as set forth in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
• The Council supports AUCD to implement its Strategic Map with an emphasis on growing diverse and skilled leaders, and modeling diversity, equity, and inclusion with and on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the network.

 
 

The Council helps the AUCD network to

• Ensure the meaningful participation of individuals from culturally diverse and underrepresented groups in all activities and across all levels of the Association.
• Incorporate salient issues in public policy initiatives, at the national, state, and territorial levels that disproportionately impact individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse groups.
• Create professional development and learning opportunities for member programs that increase capacity and leadership for diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural and linguistic competence.
• Identify and broker partnerships with organizations and communities concerned with diversity, equity, and inclusion that are external to the AUCD network to effect systems change.
• Inform the work of other AUCD Councils and assist them to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence in their deliberations and activities.

 
 

Membership

The Council membership consists of one voting representative from a member program that is endorsed by the Director of the program including UCEDDs, IDDRCs and LENDs. The Council welcomes the participation of other individuals who are interested in advancing the vision, mission, and values of AUCD within the contexts of individuals at risk for and with developmental disabilities and their families from under-served populations and communities in the U.S. territories, and tribal nations.

 
 

2018 Focus Areas

• Identify three areas of focus and develop actions to support the implementation of the Strategic Map.
• Recruit Council members to serve as liaisons to other Councils and AUCD and AIDD work groups to facilitate policies and practices that advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural and linguistic competence.
• Revisit the purpose, name, and scope of the Council.

 
 

Upcoming Events of Interest to MCC Members

AUCD Leadership Academy  Copy to Calendar
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

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4/16/2018

Submit a Proposal for AUCD 2018 Today

Deadline: June 15

The AUCD Conference is one of the nation's premier places to highlight your work. Over 200 different presentations will be accepted to the conference in several different types of sessions, formatted for maximum visibility and interaction with attendees. Proposals are encouraged from students, self-advocates, family leaders, clinicians, and researchers in over 25 topics. Don't miss your chance: submit a proposal today!

 
 
Andy met with President Rosevonne Pato and Vice President Lina Scanlan and Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola, UCEDD Director at American Samoa Community College.

2/27/2017

AUCD's Andy Imparato Visits the Pacific

For the past ten days, AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato has been visiting disability organizations and meetings in the South Pacific, hosted by Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola and Kiriko Takahashi of the American Samoa UCEDD (Ucedd Ascc). He has met with people with disabilities, families, and numerous staff working on disability issues throughout the South Pacific.

 
 

5/17/2018

Nominate a Deserving Individual for an AUCD Award

Deadline: July 31, 2018

The annual AUCD Awards gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions. Comprised of 10 categories, the AUCD awards represent the 'best of the best' within our network, and local, state, and federal partners. We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to nominate someone who truly inspires you.

 
 

5/2/2018

Jeffrey Opaleye received the Diversity Award (TX UCEDD)

Jeffrey Opaleye Sociology Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair Jeffrey Opaleye received the Diversity Award with the Graduate and Professional Student Council. He serves as a co-chair Diversity and Inclusion committee member on the Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC). As an organization, the GPSC have successfully executed a variety of tasks pertaining to Diversity and Inclusion to advance the campus climate of Texas A&M University and educated members of the student body on issues including but not limited to age, background, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience.

 
 

5/1/2018

New England Regional LEND Programs Present Annual Spring Conference (NH, ME LEND)

The New England Regional LEND Programs are proud to present our annual Spring Conference: Topic: Caring for Diverse Children & Youth with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Keynote Speaker: Maria Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., MSW Dr. Avila will speak to the importance of understanding the social determinants of health, cultural and linguistic competency, and workforce diversity in promoting health equity for unserved and underserved racially/ethnically and other culturally diverse communities. The session will also highlight the importance of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural-linguistic responsiveness in every aspect of service provision.

 
 

4/25/2018

Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism in Latino and Non-Latino White Families

This study comparee barriers to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and current ASD-related service use among non-Latino white (NLW) families and Latino families with English proficiency (L-EP) or limited English proficiency (L-LEP).

 

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