Tag: Cultural Awareness & Inclusion

Part 1 – TVR Process: Relationship Building and Cultural Significance

This session will lay the foundation for TVR staff regarding the main difference between AIVRS agencies and state VR agencies. Relationship building and cultural significance is key to the success of each AIVRS program. In addition, creating a unique culturally appropriate model for an AIVRS program is specific to the communities served and the culture and traditions valued. This session will provide information on the first part of the VR process in addition to group activities where attendees will identify their unique culture and values and work together to design a draft culturally appropriate TVR model that will allow program participants to understand the VR process and how it connects to their culture.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Promote awareness and understanding of part 1 of the AIVRS VR process and program services.
2. Recognize the need for relationship building and cultural significance in TVR.
3. Create a draft culturally appropriate model for their unique TVR program and identify how this model connects to the TVR process.

Braiding Possibilities for Indigenous Transition Youth Programs

The Native Center for Disabilities at the University of Arizona braids together diverse funding resources with Tribal, state, community and youth partnership using Indigenous practiced based evidence to create inclusive and culturally based Native youth transition services: 1) Finds Their Way project aims to increase access for Native youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to skill development, knowledge, services, and supports to participate in long-term competitive integrated employment careers; 2) expanding Pre-Employment Transition Services (preETS) work-based learning model, a program that increases meaningful employment opportunities for transition aged youth with disabilities (ages 14-22), within Tribal nations; and 3) the annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit, a forum using Talking Circles and Native Storytelling to document the voices of Tribal youth with disabilities.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.Participants will identify 3 Indigenous practice-based programs for Native youth transition programs.
2. Participants will describe how Indigenous practice-based evidence is utilized to create inclusive and culturally responsive transition programs.
3. Participants will document how to braid diverse funding streams and partnerships to develop Native youth transition programs.

Technology for All: Learn How Alexa Is Helping Self-Advocates Gain Independence

Off the shelf technology offers new opportunities for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to be fully included in their communities. The use of devices such as Alexa can help people do everything from calling a loved one, ordering groceries, controlling lights, temperature, and entry doors in their home and even learning how to read (Alexa Learn to Read app). The presentation will be made by a leading national self-advocate, David Taylor, demonstrating how the Alexa has helped him enhance his skills and independence. Did you know you can video conference on Zoom though the new Alexa device.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to :
1. use Alexa for Zoom, and operating home devices like lights, temperature.
2. get help with reading, set calendars, and reminders.
3. make calls to friends and family over Alexa.

Building Capacity for Diverse Voices in Disability-Related Research

In 2023, the National Institute of Health designated people with disabilities as a population with health disparities. This decision responded to a call to action pushing for more disability research to mitigate health outcomes (Bailie, 2023). Imperative to the advancement of disability-related research (DRR) is the inclusion multiply marginalized communities (MMC) or communities comprised of individuals who experience an axis of oppression from more than one marginalized identity. Mainstream approaches to DRR often exclude MMCs resulting in underrepresentation. Mitigating these disparities requires an intersectional approach to restructure capacity building and outreach strategies. This panel discussion will explore strategies to cultivate inclusion. Participants will explore how to identify systemic barriers to DRR in MMCs, incorporate empowering methodologies, and conduct culturally-responsive DRR within MMCs.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Attendees will be able to identify systemic barriers (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.) that negatively impeded implementation of culturally-responsive disability-related research projects in multiply marginalized communities.
2. Attendees will explore varied empowering methodologies and theories that support culturally-responsive disability-related research that focus on capacity building and outreach in multiply marginalized communities.
3. Attendees will explore pragmatic, evidence-informed strategies for conducting culturally-responsive disability-related research within multiply marginalized communities.

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