Culture and diversity
Topics that address the specific and general cultural issues to consider among individuals with disabilities and/or those at-risk and their families from various backgrounds.
- American Indians
- The Institute offers culturally-relevant and sensitive educational models, programs, and resources to help American Indian students succeed in school (emphasis on K12 but also in postsecondary), as well as in the workplace.
- Cultural competence
- The Institute addresses the importance of equipping professionals to deliver services to people with disabilities and/or those at-risk, and their families, in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.
- English language learners (ELLs)
- The Institute identifies instructional strategies and educational policies that support the educational success of English language learners (ELLs) and limited English proficient (LEP) learners with and without disabilities in K-12 schools.
- The Institute focuses on positively impacting immigrants with disabilities - those who have immigrated to the United States - and their families, in home, school, and community settings.
- International initiatives
- The Institute supports quality services and supports for people with disabilities and their families around the world through various international initiatives.
- Other cultural groups
- The Institute addresses the importance of providing culturally competent supports to people with disabilities and their families from Latino, African American, and other cultural/ethnic communities.
- The Institute addresses issues unique to women with disabilities, particularly in regard to education and employment.