Training Action Plan

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), the District of Columbia’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the UCEDDs at Georgia State University and the University of Southern California-Los Angeles created a partnership to conduct the Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities Project. The project is collaborating with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and a national advisory committee composed of self-advocates, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, and CLC experts to provide guidance and inform its activities.

Phase I

The project will conduct an environmental scan consisting of:

  • A scoping review of the juried literature on CLC curricula and training focused on developmental disabilities.

  • Structured interviews with all UCEDD Directors to ascertain a baseline of current understanding, commitment, and concerns about integrating diversity and CLC into their programs.

  • A vetting process of the extant CLC curricula and training resources used by UCEDDs focused on such topics as diversity, inclusion, disparities, disproportionality, and academic-community partnerships.

The project will develop a final report of findings and recommendations from the environmental scan that will be shared via a virtual town hall meeting and disseminated on this website.

Phase II

The project will develop a comprehensive web-based resource of recommended training approaches, activities, and subject matter content across the four UCEDD core functions. Consistent with the CLC frameworks, this resource will address curricula and training activities at all levels of the UCEDD, including:

  1. Directors, policy makers, and administrators;

  2. Practitioners (i.e., faculty, staff, and trainees);

  3. Individuals (those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families); and

  4. Community (i.e., diverse populations with an emphasis on unserved and underserved groups based on such factors as race, ethnicity, language, immigrant/refugee status, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic locale).

The project will use multiple modalities to engage stakeholders to review, provide input, and contribute to building consensus on the final web-based resource.

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