Cultural and Linguistic Sensitivity

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.

Cultural & linguistic diversity training

Resources for working with culturally diverse families

Research on cultural and linguistic diversity

  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Implications for Transition Personnel is a detailed and evidence-based discussion of cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) and implications for transition personnel. Somewhat heavy-going but worth the effort, from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Shrink your page width for easier reading.
  • A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood (PDF, 74 pages, 2013) 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:
    • Self-determination should be the foundation for transition planning.
    • Transition should be viewed through a cultural lens.
    • Interagency collaboration is essential to effective transition.
    • Transition planning should include all the perspectives, disciplines, and organizations that will impact the transitioning student.
  • World Culture Encyclopedia gives overviews of history and culture of the countries of the world. Somewhat crowd-sourced with comments from people from the cultures.

Updated 2/25/22