Cultural Competency & Inclusion

 

Recognizing and valuing the unique perspectives of people, identities, and points of view, and doing so in an environment where all people feel safe and respected is an important part of our work to address and eliminate barriers to systems and services. Following are select resources compiled and/or created by AUCD to increase diversity and ensure cultural and linguistic competence in our publications and events. AUCD members and the general public are encouraged to read, cite, and implement these ideas in their work.

 
 

Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

Recently, AUCD rolled out its Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit. The 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, one of which, university-based centers, is designed to cater directly to Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) programs.

 
 

Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence:
A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities Project


This project is designed to research, develop, and disseminate a set or resources for the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to embed cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) in their curricula and training activities. The project will build the capacity of network programs to embed widely accepted CLC policies, structures, and practices across the four UCEDD core functions of pre-service training and continuing education, community services, research, and information dissemination. The project has a special focus on unserved and underserved communities in the United States, its territories, and tribal communities. This project is conducted in collaboration with key stakeholders in the UCEDD network and funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (insert link).

 
 

ITAC Training Toolbox - Cultural and Linguistic Competence

This resource makes it easy for program staff to browse and share both proven and innovative training strategies/activities on a variety of topics relevant to 

leadership and Maternal and Child Health. In the Toolbox, training strategies are categorized by topic, making it easy for you to browse different methods other programs use to teach important concepts to their trainees. You can also save strategies you feel could be applicable in your program to a folder of your personal favorites.

 
 

What's New

 

Kennedy Krieger Institute hosts 9th Annual Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference (MD UCEDD/LEND)

Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted the 9th Annual Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference on September 17th 2019. Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS, Director for the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership at Kennedy Krieger Institute welcomed over 180 attendees and addressed this year's theme of ensuring inclusion and provided updates on what we have learned since the publication of the National Academies of Sciences' important report entitled, "Neurons to Neighborhoods".

 
 

Dr. Joshuaa Allison-Burbank wins National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award (VT LEND)

Each year, the National Center recognizes 40 emerging Native American and Alaska Native leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business, their professions, or in their communities. Dr. Allison-Burbank was recognized for his work as a speech language pathologist, lecturer and researcher.

 
 

Local Partnership Leads to International Connections (MT UCEDD)

In the fall of 2018, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana (UM) and Summit Independent Living Center hosted Ms. Nguyen Thi Van, from Hanoi, Vietnam, who was visiting Missoula, MT as a Mansfield Center Professional Fellow. Van represents two organizations that provide vocational training and independent living skills for people with disabilities in Vietnam.

 
 

Vermont LEND Alumni and Staff's Refugee Stories Featured in New Book "Suddenly You Are Nobody"

This book features 30 former refugee individuals from 17 different countries of the world who made State of Vermont as their second home after being evicted from their original homelands.