This toolkit will serve as a foundation for a national effort that will enhance diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence; cultivate partnerships; respond to increasingly diverse communities across the country; and develop strategies for continuing efforts to better serve diverse populations.
The primary focus is on three audiences in the disability community:
The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or AIDD), the Division of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Strategic Plan for 2012-2020, and the 2015-2016 Strategic Map for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) all address elements of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence. This Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit provides concrete objectives, strategies, and resources to help these audiences realize their goals in this area. It also provides a foundation for future efforts, including developing a blueprint for AUCD's network to collectively make progress in diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence.
Message from Aaron Bishop, The Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities
Message from AUCD Executive Director Andrew J. Imparato
As a national network of federally-funded university-based centers working to improve the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities, we have a responsibility to champion and model diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. I am confident that the tools and strategies incorporated into this website will be a useful resource for our network and our partners as we seek to increase our diversity at all levels; integrate cultural, linguistic and cross-disability competence across all activities; and engage with underrepresented communities to reduce disparities in access, outcomes and quality. Let’s all use and add to this resource as we take affirmative steps to better reflect, connect with, and listen to our diverse stakeholders.
The Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit is a living, collaborative document and we look forward to sharing and learning together. New resources are added monthly. If you have resources you would like us to consider including, please email them to ImplementDiversity@aucd.org
September 2016 Updates:
From the Desk (more like the kitchen table) of a Bilingual, Multicultural Advocate, Cultural Broker, Interpreter and Translator: A Lifetime of Passion Mashed in a Pilón* (Mortar)
|Image: Pilónes on fireplace mantle|
In April of 2014, within a year living in Georgia, Brenda Liz (Bren) Muñoz met Stacey Ramirez, former Director for Individual and Family Support Services at the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), School of Public Health a Georgia, and currently the new State Director for The ARC of Georgia. It was a powerful kindred connection, and two weeks later they were working on a medical textbook chapter on cultural and linguistic competence and life span services, opportunities and supports for individuals, families and communities living with intellectual and developmental disabilities edited by renowned author and developmental pediatrician Dr. Leslie Rubin and et al.Continue Reading ...