2019 3-Part Webinar Series on Cultural Competence

by NCDB on Jun 6, 2019
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A 3-part webinar series on cultural competence for state deaf-blind projects, PTIs, and other state-level partners serving families from culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Please share this with relevant family service providers in your state.

Presenter: Sarah Ottow, Director of Confianza

Part 1: The Implications of Cultural Bias and Population Data on the Provision of TA

  • How life experiences limit or enhance your ability to connect with families
  • Identifying state partners who are already engaged in supporting families from culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • Recruiting cultural ambassadors to support state deaf-blind project outreach efforts

Please view A Language Immersion Story (12-minute video) before watching the recording of the webinar.

Video Description: Moises, a fictional young Spanish-speaking immigrant, faces conflicts in his English-immersion school. He understands math concepts well, but his limited English means he does not have the vocabulary to understand the language of story problems. He struggles, along with his math teacher, to prepare for two weeks of standardized math testing.

Part 1 Recording 

Part 1 Transcript  

Part 1 Powerpoint 

Part 2: Friday, June 21 - Supporting Families from a Variety of Cultures

  • Dissemination strategies - inspiring families to engage with your state deaf-blind project and other families, and take advantage of project services
  • Communication technology tools

Part 3: Friday, July 26 - Parent Advisory Councils and Cultural Ambassadors

  • The impact of culture on the provision of TA
  • The importance of using culturally diverse parent advisory council's to shape TA
  • The effectiveness of cultural ambassadors

This series has been organized as a result of a workgroup comprised of the following state deaf-blind projects: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, New England Consortium (NEC), New York, Texas, and USVI who, along with NCDB, are interested in exploring, defining, and implementing practices to improve outreach to families.  

Webinar series objectives include an increased understanding of:

  • Cultural bias and how it impacts the provision of TA.
  • The implications of state population data (e.g., cultures represented and languages spoken in each state).
  • State deaf-blind project capacity to serve families from various cultures.
  • How to forge relationships with state partners to serve families.

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