MCC Publications

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and People with Disabilities: Primary Concerns, the AUCD Network Response, and Needs for the Future

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how individuals worldwide live, work, communicate, and receive medical care and education, it has further illustrated the disproportionate gaps that exist for people with disabilities to receive these same resources and services necessary for survival and quality of life. The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has identified, responded to, advocated for, and addressed the needs of people with disabilities throughout the pandemic.

  • Voting

    Voting is one of the most important rights of a US citizen. It allows people to choose leaders they feel will best represent their needs on the local, state, and federal levels. You can make real change by being an educated voter in your community.

  • AUCD MCC Council Presentation 2017

    The Multicultural Council (MCC) advocates for training, direct service, outreach, technical assistance, clinical services, research, and dissemination to be provided in a culturally competent manner and secure the meaningful participation of individuals from diverse racial and ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds at all levels of the Association's membership.

    pdf File AUCD MCC Council Presentation 2017 [download]
  • WI MCH LEND Training Program Now Includes Milwaukee-Link

    The "Milwaukee-Link" addition to the Madison-based Wisconsin LEND program provides opportunities for former MCHB-funded Pipeline undergraduate trainees and others who are in graduate school at UW-Milwaukee (UWM), to participate in the WI LEND program and receive leadership training to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families, and systems of care. A priority is placed on recruiting LEND trainees from under-represented groups who plan to live and practice in the city of Milwaukee.

  • VT LEND Announces New Videos

    VT LEND Director, Dr. Contompasis and VT LEND Family Faculty, Ms. Fatuma Bulle collaborated with Vermont's Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Program to create educational fact sheets for parents of children recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in Burlington's growing refugee resettlement community.

  • Supporting Diversity in the Developmental Disabilities Network through Minority Partnerships
    UCEDD Minority Partnership Grants Evaluation Report

    This report was developed to guide UCEDDs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) by revealing strategies, highlighting accomplishments and outcomes of the projects, and identifying lessons learned by grantees as well as provide recommendations for UCEDDs, AIDD, and AUCD. The expectation is that by informing the network, leadership from all Centers will seek out similar opportunities to create academic and clinical programs for diverse students and the individuals they will go on to serve.

  • Achieving Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Information Dissemination Activities

    When creating a new publication or posting information, there are several aspects to keep in mind during the development phase to ensure the publication fully takes into consideration cultural and linguistic differences and representations, regardless of the methods by which that publication or piece of information is being produced and disseminated. The following guidelines, developed by AUCD in 2013, are not intended to be either requirements or a checklist that guarantees a product or piece of information is appropriate to all audiences. Rather, we hope that this document will serve as a point of reference and stimulate careful consideration for anyone writing or producing information for any audience.

  • Considerations for Culturally and Linguistically Competent Presentations

    When preparing a presentation for any audience, there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure the presentation is fully takes into consideration cultural and linguistic differences of the audience and information being presented. The following guidelines, developed by AUCD in 2013, are not intended to be either requirements or a checklist that guarantees a product or piece of information is appropriate to all audiences. Rather, we hope that this document will serve as a point of reference and stimulate careful consideration for anyone preparing a presentation.

  • Ensuring Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Meeting Planning and Activities

    When planning a meeting, there are several aspects to keep in mind to ensure the activity fully takes into consideration potential cultural and linguistic differences of attendees and participants. These guidelines, developed by AUCD in 2013, are not intended to be either requirements or a checklist that guarantees an event or activity is fully welcoming and appropriate to attendees of all backgrounds. Rather, we hope that this document will serve as a point of reference and stimulate careful consideration for anyone planning an event or activity of any size.

  • Native American Developmental Disabilities Needs Assessment

    This report provides information about the availability of services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families, the needs of DD tribal members and their families, and tribal members' familiarity and contact with the DD Network agencies.

  • 2007 Diversity Survey Results: AUCD Network
  • Organizational Cultural Competency Assessment (2004)

    In the current environment, many contracts and grants are requiring documentation of activities concerning cultural competence and/or sensitivity, including self-assessments and training. Therefore, the purpose of the instrument is to assist organizations to assess their progress towards cultural competence, both at the organizational and individual level. Created by an AUCD workgroup in 2004.

  • 2004 Diversity Survey Results: AUCD Network

    This survey provided a snapshot of specific aspects of diversity among the AUCD network.



  • AUCD's Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit

    AUCD's Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit is a website that provides concrete objectives, strategies, and resources to help you realize your goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. Strategies and resources are aligned with the roles of three specific audiences: federal funders, national organizations, and university-based centers and programs in the disability community; though many others may benefit as well.

  • AUCD Celebrates Minority Health Month

    In accordance with the vision for people living with developmental and other disabilities to have a future in which culturally appropriate supports are universally available across the lifespan that lead to a healthy quality of life, AUCD celebrates Minority Health Month. Learn about some of the network's targeted efforts in education, research, and service aimed at reducing racial and ethnic health disparities at the intersection of disability and minority health.

  • Finding Answers Intervention Research (FAIR) Database

    Finding Answers Intervention Research (FAIR) Database The FAIR Database contains journal article summaries fromsystematic reviews of racial and ethnic health disparities intervention literature. The FAIR Database was designed to provide a customized list of interventions that match a user's interest in the following areas: disease area, racial/ethnic population, organizational setting, and intervention strategy.

  • Promoting Equity through Health Impact Assessment

    This report, co-authored by PolicyLink, describes the imperative to ensure equity in HIAs, identifies principles for equity in HIAs and recommends strategies for the implementation of each principle. The report also shares specific examples of HIAs that show the principle in practice, along with two case studies that effectively incorporate all the principles. The report also describes some of the challenges for ensuring equity in HIAs as well as strategies to overcome the challenges.

  • Are Minority Children Disproportionately Represented in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education?

    Study findings recently published in the Educational Researcher examine whether children who are racial-ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented in early intervention and/or early childhood special education (EI/ECSE). The researchers analyzed 7,950 48-month-olds participating in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), a nationally representative data set of children born in the United States in 2001. Findings indicated that by 48 months of age, minority children are disproportionately underrepresented in EI/ECSE.

  • How Far Have We Come in Reducing Health Disparities? Workshop Summary

    At the turn of the 21st century, several important reports and events designed to raise awareness of health disparities and to describe initial efforts to reduce health disparities took place. The Surgeon General's office released several reports that showed dramatic disparities, for example, in tobacco use and access to mental health services by race and ethnicity. Second, the first real legislation focused on reducing health disparities was signed into law, creating the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities within the NIH. In 2001, the IOM released its landmark report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, highlighting the importance of a focus on health care quality rather than a focus on only access and cost issues. Building upon these reports and events, the IOM held a workshop on April 8, 2010, that discussed progress to address health disparities and focused on the success of various federal initiatives to reduce health disparities. This document summarizes the workshop.

  • Infographic: The Roadmap to Reduce Disparities

    The RWJF national program Finding Answers developed a six-step framework to help people and organizations reduce disparities. Now available in a simple graphic that's easy to distribute - or tack up above your desk -the Roadmap can help you fit reducing disparities into all health care quality improvement efforts.

  • National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities: Community Engagement Toolkit

    The National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities was developed with the mission of mobilizing and connecting individuals and organizations across the country to create a nation in which all people have a chance to reach their full health potential. This National Partnership for Action: Toolkit for Community Action will help individuals, communities and organizations from the public and private sectors work together to implement programs and policies and engage with the NPA to reach that goal.

  • New Equity of Care Video on Collection and Use of Data to Reduce Health Disparities

    In recognition of National Minority Health Month, Equity of Care has released a short video on the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language (REAL) preference data and its important role in reducing health care disparities. The video is the first in a month-long rollout that will detail the work of the Greater.

  • Office of Minority Health

    The Office of Minority Health and partners are dedicating the month of April to raising awareness about the remarkable moment of opportunity to advance health equity through the Affordable Care Act. By improving access to quality health care for all Americans, the Affordable Care Act will help reduce health disparities that plague communities of color and result in higher rates of disease and premature death. This year's theme Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All is a call to action to improve the health of our communities and increase access to quality, affordable health care for everyone.

  • Points of Empowerment

    The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded Empowerment: Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (Project Empowerment) offers Points of Empowerment, a series of topical fact sheets on minority populations with disabilities. The latest issue is a recap of survey data on college students with disabilities. Previous topics include stroke, brain injury, employment, and perceptions of psychiatric services.

  • Honing Cultural and Linguistic Competence

    A new resource page has been added to the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange: Honing Cultural and Linguistic Competence. This page features innovative programs and quality tools for improving cultural and linguistic competence as well as reducing health care disparities for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities.

  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations (CLCADO): Assessment and Guide

    The CLCADO is intended to support organizations to (1) plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent values in their work; (2) enhance the quality of services, supports, and advocacy; (3) effect change in education, training, technical assistance, research, and public policy; and (4) advance cultural and linguistic competence.

  • Pacific Sisters with Disabilities: At the Intersection of Discrimination

    This study aims to identify the issues and challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities in the Pacific and to analyse social and economic factors impacting on their human rights. Women and girls with disabilities experience disadvantages and discrimination based on the combination of both disability and gender-based discrimination, known as 'intersectional discrimination'. Responses targeted to their specific issues and needs are therefore required to ensure that they enjoy the same rights as all others, including disabled men and/or their non-disabled peers.

  • Challenging Common Myths About Young English Language Learners

    Linda Espinosa, former Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, challenges six commonly held beliefs about the development of young children who are learning English as their second language and presents research evidence drawing from a variety of disciplines that can better shape education policies for all children.

  • Monograph Provides Insights on Implementing Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Organizations Addressing Maternal and Child Health
  • A Health Handbook for Women With Disabilities (Hesperian Foundation)
  • University of Hawaii College of Education Diversity Committee Report

    Attached is the Report on Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inclusivity of the College of Education (COE) Faculty, Staff, and Students. The report was presented to The College of Education Congress from The College of Education Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Many of the contributors worked within the Center on Disability Studies (HI UCEDD). For any questions or comments about the report, please contact Steve Brown at [email protected]

  • A Guide to Family-Centered Culturally Competent Care

    The movements to advance family-centered care and cultural and linguistic competence have often evolved along parallel tracks. This fact is well documented in the early definitions of family-centered care in the literature (Bishop, Woll, & Arango, n.d.). Although these definitions reference honoring cultures, cultural diversity, and family traditions, little emphasis was placed on policies and structures necessary to translate this philosophy into family-centered practice. This review encompassed the period of 1993-2003 and included 250 journal and other articles, books, chapters, videos, monographs, Web sites, training manuals, resource catalogs and guides, block grants, and display posters. The authors found that little mention of cultural competence was made in family-centered care materials (Arango & McPherson, 2005).

  • ADA and Accessible IT Materials: Spanish

    The Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center is pleased to announce that the US Department of Justice has expanded the number of documents available on their web site which have been translated in Spanish.

  • Cross Cultural Health Care Case Studies: Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

    The Cross Cultural Health Care Case Studies, developed collaboratively by the seven MCHB-funded Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs), were developed to familiarize health care providers with common issues that arise while working with people of diverse cultures.

  • Cultural Competence Resources for Health Care Providers: HRSA

    The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration has developed this webpage for health providers.

  • William T. Grant Foundation offers Scholarships to Early Career Scholars

    The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early career researchers from diverse disciplines. The award supports the professional development of early career scholars who have some demonstrated success in conducting high quality research and are seeking to further develop their skills and research program.

  • Northern New Jersey Hospitals Bolster Cultural Competency to Improve Care for Minority Patients

    Hospitals in northern New Jersey are working to expand their translation services and increase cultural competency in an effort to improve care for the region's growing number of racial and ethnic minority patients, the Bergen County Record reports.

  • Massachusetts Measures Would Require Hospitals to Collect More Detailed Patient Data

    In an effort to help reduce racial and ethnic health care disparities, proposed new regulations would require Massachusetts hospitals to collect more detailed data about patients' race, ethnicity, preferred language and education level, the Boston Globe reports.

  • Virginia Health Department Launches Spanish Translation Web Site for Medical Workers

    The Virginia Department of Health has launched a new Web site that allows medical staff to look up Spanish translations for common medical phrases and terminology, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

  • Cultural Competency in Working with Latino Family Caregivers

    This monograph, published by the Family Caregiver Alliance, offers advice for health and human service practitioners on how to work with Latino families and informal caregivers. It uses case studies to illustrate how specific cultural characteristics, such as language, customs, and religion, can impact caregiving situations, and offers suggestions on ways cultural competency can be improved at organizational and policy levels.

  • Diversity Business Newsletter

    DiversityBusiness creates, produces and manages seminars covering industry specific business-to-business topics.

  • Resources for Immigrants Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

    Disaster assistance is available to "qualified" immigrants, which includes lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, Cuban-Haitian entrants, and battered spouses and children. Unauthorized immigrants and non-immigrant workers (also known as temporary workers) are eligible for non-cash, in kind emergency disaster relief such as food and shelter, search and rescue and emergency medical care.

  • Department of Education Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Projects for American Indians with Disabilities

    The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choices, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, or business ownership. Deadline for Applications: April 21, 2006.

  • ...And Justice for All Training Module

    This training module is for law enforcement officials, attorneys, and advocates to better serve people with developmental disabilities within the courts or criminal justice system.

  • Best Practices in Transnational Competence: HRSA

    HRSA unveils this user-friendly site highlighting approximately 40 HRSA-supported projects on the critical subject of serving ethnoculturally and socially diverse groups.

  • Bridging the Cultural Divide in Health Care Settings: The Essential Role of Cultural Broker Programs

    The goal of this website and corresponding print document is to encourage the use of cultural brokering as a key approach to increase access to, and to enhance the delivery of, culturally competent care.

  • Encyclopedia of Disability

    The Encyclopedia answers the question: What is disability and why is it important in my life? An international editorial board of seventy-four editors from the Americas, Europe, Australia, India, Japan, and China, all experts in their own sub-fields of disability, developed these volumes. The result is a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, and historically grounded resource tool that guides the reader across fields, theories, debates, and practices.

  • Crosswalks: Outreach to Infuse Diversity in Preservice Education
  • National Stereotypes Common, Mistaken, NIA Study Reports

    Simplified stereotypes of "typical" Americans, Brazilians, Chinese, and other groups are common but highly mistaken, according to a National Institute on Aging (NIA) study that examined the accuracy of national character stereotypes in 49 cultures worldwide.

  • Perceptions of Disabilities in Diverse Cultures

    A conference call with the network presented by Rooshey Hasnain, Ed.D., from the Institute for Community Inclusion (UCEDD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston on March 30, 2005.

  • A Town Hall on Eliminating Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities by Moving the Nation from Statistics to Solutions

    A 2004 telecast provided by American Public Health Association.


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This website provides detailed analysis and commentary on health reform implementation updates including regulatory decisions.



Cultural Brokering Webportal

What is Cultural Brokering? Cultural brokering has been defined as "...bridging, linking or mediating between groups or persons of different cultural backgrounds to effect change" (Jezewski, 1990). This website of the National Center on Cultural Competence includes resources and information on Cultural Brokering.



National Center for Cultural Competence

The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. The NCCC is located at the Georgetown UCEDD, and AUCD member. View the site in Spanish at



Network for Multicultural Health

This site offers resources, tools, and materials on organizational change and cultural competency. The site also provides information about the LEAD program, a three-year initiative to enhance the quality of care among California's public hospitals.



The Network Website

The Network is a project funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization. The first University of California at San Francisco Symposium on Multicultural Health brought together leaders in research, education, policymaking, and community advocacy to discuss issues of language, literacy and cultural competency.


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