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Core Curriculum Content on Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Leadership

The Embedding Matrix series is designed to establish a national standard for curricula and training activities on cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence for the network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs).  This matrix offers areas of knowledge and skills for professional development and training activities designed for UCEDD leadership,  including but not limited to, policy makers, executives, directors, associate directors, and governing boards and others assuming leadership roles and positions.

Core Curricula Content on Cultural Competence for UCEDDs: Linguistic Competence

The Embedding Matrix series is designed to establish a national standard for curricula and training activities on cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence for the network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). This matrix offers frameworks, definitions, and areas of knowledge and skills focused on linguistic competence.

Core Curricula Content on Cultural Competence for UCEDDs: Individual Level

The Embedding Matrix series is designed to establish a national standard for curricula and training activities on cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence for the network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). This matrix offers cultural competence frameworks, definitions, and areas of knowledge and skills for the UCEDD core function of interdisciplinary pre-service training and continuing education. It addresses cultural competence at the individual level. The Embedding Matrix series also provides individual behavioral or organizational change theories to facilitate systemic change in training and professional development activities for this core function.

Core Curricula Content on Cultural Competence for UCEDDs: Organizational Level

The Embedding Matrix series is designed to establish a national standard for curricula and training activities on cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence for the network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). This matrix offers cultural competence frameworks, definitions, and areas of knowledge and skills for the UCEDD core function of interdisciplinary pre-service training and continuing education. It addresses cultural competence at the organizational level. The Embedding Matrix series also provides individual behavioral or organizational change theories to facilitate systemic change in training and professional development activities for this core function.

Organizational and Individual Behavioral Change Theories and Frameworks Included in the Embedding Matrix Series

Advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) requires individual and organizational change.  This resource complements the matrix series by providing listings and descriptions of change frameworks and theories that facilitate the individual behavioral and organizational change necessary to advance and sustain CLC as an essential and integrated component of UCEDD curricula and training activities.

Vetting Criteria

The following vetting criteria were developed to assist the network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to gauge the extent to which curricula and training materials use widely accepted cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) frameworks and definitions widely accepted in the published literature. The criteria are useful to review, assess, adapt, or create curricula and training materials – by individual faculty or staff or in a group process involving the UCEDD and other stakeholders. Each curricula or training material may not meet each criterion depending on the theme or topic. However, collectively the criteria provide a standard to ensure UCEDD curricula and training materials demonstrate consistency and quality commensurate with existing body of knowledge on cultural diversity and CLC at the intersection of developmental disabilities. Examples and outcomes of how these criteria were used to vet extant UCEDD curricula and training materials are available here.


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