Cultural and Linguistic Sensitivity

For students at risk and students with IEPs

Definition: Educators, community services providers, students, families, and employers work together to identify and address transition education and service needs of individual students in ways that are responsive to their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Elements:

  • Cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD)
  • Identifying issues and needs
  • A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood (PDF, 74 pages) from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), helps promote a transition process for youth with disabilities from adolescence to young adulthood. It centers on four core concepts:
      1. Self-determination should be the foundation for transition planning.
      2. Transition should be viewed through a cultural lens.
      3. Interagency collaboration is essential to effective transition.
      4. Transition planning should include all the perspectives, disciplines, and organizations that will impact the transitioning student.
  • New Hampshire Refugee Resettlement: A Community Integration Framework (PDF, 21 pages, 2012) examines refugee resettlement programs in New Hampshire and explores best practices that can be beneficial to refugees and their host communities.