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 offers a variety of resources of use to families, k-12 and early childhood educators, health care providers, and others involved with Somali children and youth.
The Institute addresses issues unique to women with disabilities, particularly in regard to education and employment.