From Outreach to Engagement: Strategies for Embedding Cultural and Linguistic Competency in all aspects of DD Council Work

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, defines Culturally Competent as it relates to services and supports.

CULTURALLY COMPETENT – The term ‘‘culturally competent’’, used with respect to services, supports, or other assistance, means services, supports, or other assistance that is conducted or provided in a manner that is responsive to the beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and behaviors of individuals who are receiving the services, supports, or other assistance, and in a manner that has the greatest likelihood of ensuring their maximum participation in the program involved. Sec. 102 DEFINITIONS. (7)

The NACDD/ITACC supports DD Councils to embed diversity, inclusion and cultural and linguistic competence in all aspects of DD Council work. “All aspects of Council work” refers to both the internal operations, such as staffing, Council membership and procedures, as well as external operations, such as Council projects, initiatives and policy work.

From Outreach to Engagement: Strategies for Embedding Cultural and Linguistic Competency in all aspects of DD Council Work is a compilation of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural and Linguistic Competence (DICLC) resources and DD Council suggested strategies developed and implemented by DD Councils. This compilation is a “living document” which means it will be updated and modified as more information becomes available with regard to outcomes, materials, links and new strategies.