ACL Grants Promote Inclusion and Cultural Competency Across Disability Programs

“Recently, a variety of ACL disability programs have awarded funding to enhance the cultural and linguistic competency of the disability network and ensure that all people with disabilities can access ACL-funded programs and services.

“The disability community is as diverse as the country itself. Yet many people with disabilities in underserved communities face unique barriers to accessing disability programs. A majority of ACL diversity programs are authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act. Both pieces of legislation discuss the need for programs to reach people with disabilities in underserved communities.

“Funding from the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) will establish a new community of practice on disability for states, commission a diversity gap analysis of the developmental disabilities network, and fund diversity fellowships at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) across the country. AIDD will also be supporting four UCEDDs to establish partnerships with minority-serving Institutions and community colleges as well the Georgetown University UCEDD and partners to develop a diversity training curriculum for the DD network.

“The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will fund research training for individuals with advanced degrees at minority-serving institutions to increase their capacity to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development projects.

“The Independent Living Administration (ILA) will fund a demonstration project to increase cultural competence, outreach, and understanding of service needs of Native Americans with disabilities.

Click here to read about each of the grants.

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