Federal Funder (i.e AIDD, MCHB)
To know if the AUCD network is improving practices in diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence, established guidance should be followed and progress measured. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the 2000 Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, and other key pieces of federal legislation all address access and rights of people with disabilities and people of diverse backgrounds. Compliance with these guidelines is critical.
Currently, quantitative data collection related to the racial and ethnic diversity of trainees and people receiving services is required of UCEDDs and LENDs; racial and ethnic diversity of faculty is also required to be reported by LEND programs. However, there is near-universal agreement from all stakeholders and advisors for this Toolkit that additional federal guidance should be developed; more data is needed; and efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence should be required reporting elements for these federally-funded programs so progress can be measured and evaluated. There was not agreement on what those reporting elements might be, and additional resources and effort are needed to make progress in this critical area. In the meantime, it is recommended that each Center and Program develop its own goals and measures of improvement. Strategies and resources for this objective provide insight into possibilities for moving forward in this area to meet current federal mandates, establish more effective guidance and measurement of progress for UCEDD and LEND networks, and set program-level goals and measures of improvement.
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-336, 104 Stat. 328 (1990).
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Sec. 101(c)(4-6) (2000).
National Center For Cultural Competence. (n.d.). The compelling need for cultural and linguistic competence. Retrieved from http://nccc.georgetown.edu/foundations/need.html
Office of Minority Health. Department of Health and Human Services. (April 2013). CLAS National Standards for CLAS in Health and Health Care. A Toolkit for advancing and sustaining CLAS policy and practice. Washington, D.C., 72-98.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34. C.F.R. Part 104. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/34cfr104.pdf