COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE:
Cultural and Linguistic Competence
A developmental disabilities system in Arizona
that works in partnership with all diverse communities to
support cultural and linguistic competency.
That means we will embrace, respect, and
seek to understand the beliefs, interpersonal styles,
attitudes, languages and behaviors of individuals
with developmental disabilities.
Success Spotlight: Arizona Center for Disability Law - Text-to-9-1-1
Our efforts to improve linguistic competency in Arizona got a boost in April 2018 thanks in part to team member Arizona Center for Disability Law. A lawsuit filed by ACDL attorneys and deaf plaintiffs got the attention of Maricopa County authorities. Emergency management officials in the nation’s fourth-largest county agreed to modify the 9-1-1 system to accommodate texting for residents with hearing and speech disabilities, as well as others who need ways to ask for help without speaking out loud in dangerous situations. The service is currently available for English users only, but efforts are underway to expand to include more languages. Click here for more information about the collaboration.
The leadership team received a 5-year grant from Georgetown University’s National Center for Cultural Competence to build a community of practice.
This statewide community of practice is charged with driving system change that will result in a linguistically and culturally competent DD system.