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Cultural & Linguistic Competence Resources

The Boggs Center is committed to promoting cultural and linguistic competence, advancing racial justice, and addressing disparities across health, education, and human service systems. Cultural competence begins with understanding and respecting diverse cultural differences, and acknowledging the far-reaching impact of racism, bias, and discrimination experienced by those from marginalized backgrounds.


This page highlights some of The Boggs Center’s efforts to address disparities in access to care and services for diverse people with disabilities and their families, and contains a selection of information and resources from New Jersey and across the country that offer a starting point for understanding issues of inequality and intersectionality.


Boggs Center Resources, Community Education, & Research




The Boggs Center’s Commitment to Racial Justice Statement


Providing Culturally Competent Support Coordination Services provides an overview of culture, describes the Support Coordinator’s role in providing culturally competent services, and offers planning strategies for working with culturally and linguistically diverse people with developmental disabilities and their families.   


Community Education


Ground Rounds

RWJMS Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds September 10, 2020, Annual Memorial Lecture in Honor of Lawrence T. Taft MD, sponsored by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

Advance Pediatric Health Equity: Address the Impact of Racism

Jennifer Walton, MD, MPH, FAAP

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University LEND

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Upcoming - Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series (DDLS) Webinar - October 23, 2020

The Essential Role of Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Advancing Equity

Tawara D. Goode, MA

Assistant Professor and Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University

We lag far behind other fields in efforts to achieve equity because we have yet to define it, and more specifically, what equity means in the disability space. We also cannot truly address equity without focusing on disparities, known outcomes of inequities, including those attributed to race and racism. This session will offer a definition of equity adapted to the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) contexts, describe a framework for addressing disparities in IDD supports and services, and delineate the role of cultural and linguistic competence in our collective efforts to achieve equity in IDD.

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The Developmental Check-In (DCI), developed through research by The Boggs Center in collaboration with Children’s Specialized Hospital, could potentially enhance the early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD in low literacy groups. Children from low-income, minority families or those with limited English proficiency are diagnosed with ASD at a later age, or not at all, compared with their more advantaged peers. The DCI uses pictures to illustrate target behaviors, and findings suggest that it may reduce linguistic and health literacy demands when screening for ASD among vulnerable populations.


Read more about findings related to his research in the following articles:


Exploring the experiences of families of Latino children newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a qualitative study funded by the NJ Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism (in submission)



New Jersey Resources


New Jersey Statewide Network on Cultural Competence (NJSNCC) is a collaborative initiative of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Human Services, and a number of other New Jersey agencies and organizations, including The Boggs Center, dedicated to enhancing access to and strengthening culturally competent services for people with diverse needs.


The Network provides webinars and an annual conference to learn about promising practices in cultural and linguistic competence, a New Jersey Directory showcasing organizations and agencies serving diverse communities, and a collection of online resources.


Together We Grow: Resources

Rutgers Behavioral Health Services (RBHS) Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion webpage contains links to helpful Toolkits & Resources, News & Updates; and Recent Literature from Rutgers University and beyond. 


National Resources


Cultural Competence and Racial Equity Resources


National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, provides training, technical assistance, and consultation, contributes to knowledge through publications and research, creates tools and resources to support health and mental health care providers and systems, supports leaders to promote and sustain cultural and linguistic competency, and collaborates with an extensive network of private and public entities to advance the implementation of these concepts.


Equity in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Webinar Series by the Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, builds awareness of the impact of institutional racism and other forms of bias on the experiences of young children of color and children from other marginalized communities in early childhood settings and identifies policies and strategies that support more equitable systems. 


Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion in Your Organization by the Annie E. Casey Foundation demonstrates how a race equity lens can be adopted by foundations or other organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers and communities.


Cultural Competence in Autism Spectrum Disorders Assessment  and Diagnosis webinar conducted by the by the Minnesota LEND at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration provides information about providing ASD assessment and support across cultures.



Intersectionality Resources


Intersectionality & Disability video featuring Keri Gray, founder and CEO of the Keri Gray Group, illustrates how the framework of intersectionality is essential to true inclusion.


Show Up Authentically: Life at the Intersection of Disability and Multiple Identities is an archived panel discussion from the RespectAbility Summit in 2018. Each panelist is a person of color who also lives with a disability.


Rooted in Rights Race and Disability Blog- posts highlight the intersections of race and disability identity through authentic narratives and reporting.



Plain Language and Accessible Resources


Understanding the Protests is a social story developed by Easterseals Illinois Autism Partnership to help individuals with autism understand the protests happening in cities across the nation.


Using Social Stories to Support People with I/DD During Civil Unrest- YAI developed social stories to help contextualize current events, including understanding why people are protesting police brutality, how to say sorry and change problematic behavior, and how to be a better listener and friend.


What is Police Violence? A plain-language booklet about anti-Black racism, police violence, and what you can do to stop it was developed by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities and Green Mountain Self-Advocates to help people with disabilities learn about what is happening and help create change.



Implicit Bias Resources


The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Implicit Bias Module Series offers four 10-minute modules to help viewers understand implicit bias, uncover some of their own implicit biases, and learn strategies for addressing them.


UCLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implicit Bias Video Series offers 7 brief videos on topics including biases, attitudes and stereotypes, real world consequences, and countermeasures.


Harvard University’s Project Implicit- Implicit Association Test measures beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. There are tests to measure attitudes and beliefs on several topics, including race, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.

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