Cultural Competency & Inclusion Resources
Recognizing and valuing the unique perspectives of people, identities, and points of view, and doing so in an environment where all people feel safe and respected is an important part of our work to address and eliminate barriers to systems and services. Following are select resources compiled and/or created by AUCD to increase diversity and ensure cultural and linguistic competence in our publications and events. AUCD members and the general public are encouraged to read, cite, and implement these ideas in their work.
AUCD strives to make all our events an inclusive place where ALL attendees feel welcome and are provided equal opportunity for meaningful and full participation. To this end, presenters are asked to consider the following guidelines around cultural and linguistic communication and accessibility when designing and presenting at an AUCD event or meeting. Presentation accessibility guidelines are available on topics including: accessibility (presentations, handouts, posters, etc), cultural considerations (person first language and cultural appropriateness) and effective presentations.
AUCD's Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit is a website that provides concrete objectives, strategies, and resources to help you realize your goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. Strategies and resources are aligned with the roles of three specific audiences: federal funders, national organizations, and university-based centers and programs in the disability community; though many others may benefit as well.
When planning a meeting, there are several aspects to keep in mind to ensure the activity fully takes into consideration potential cultural and linguistic differences of attendees and participants. These guidelines, developed by AUCD in 2013, are not intended to be either requirements or a checklist that guarantees an event or activity is fully welcoming and appropriate to attendees of all backgrounds. Rather, we hope that this document will serve as a point of reference and stimulate careful consideration for anyone planning an event or activity of any size.
When creating a new publication or posting information, there are several aspects to keep in mind during the development phase to ensure the publication fully takes into consideration cultural and linguistic differences and representations, regardless of the methods by which that publication or piece of information is being produced and disseminated. The following guidelines, developed by AUCD in 2013, are not intended to be either requirements or a checklist that guarantees a product or piece of information is appropriate to all audiences. Rather, we hope that this document will serve as a point of reference and stimulate careful consideration for anyone writing or producing information for any audience.