Open Doors for Multicultural Families Programs
The purpose of the Multicultural Community Parent Resource Center Program
is to ensure that diverse families of children with disabilities receiving linguistically and culturally appropriate information, resources, and support to access services in order to achieve best family and child outcomes.
Multicultural Disabilities Network Program creates collaboration and partnerships among service professionals and community agencies to
- To enhance capabilities of multicultural parents’ participation and involvement in school to support their children with disabilities achieving better education outcomes.
- To ensure youth with disabilities and their families are engaged in the transition to adulthood planning process.
- To increase social networking, experience sharing and problem solving among multicultural families who have children with disabilities.
- To assist in accessing information, resources, available services and benefits.
remove negative social stigma and negative perceptions of people of intellectual and developmental disabilities with backgrounds, bring positive images and perceptions of people with disabilities to the refugee and immigrant communities, create an inclusive community that embraces and is supportive to their needs. The Program aims to increase capacity of network agencies and professionals to serve these families by conducting cultural competence training and increasing access to family centered services provided bilingual Family Support staff in the network.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
One great success we are proud to share is our youth job readiness training pilot program that inspired 20 refugee and immigrant youth with disabilities to be better prepared for brighter future employment opportunities and higher education achievement. From May to December 2012, these Chinese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese speaking ELL students with disabilities, regularly attended our technology and job readiness training at STAR Center, our program partnering agency. Through our culturally and linguistically appropriate support and services, these youth have demonstrated great interests in learning technology and planning for their future and their parents who attended our parent workshops had become more actively engaged in their children’s education and pathway to employment planning. Students attended the program were excited in learning new computer skills, creating resumes, conducting job search on lines, actively participating in team building activities. Together, these youth engaged in producing a DVD that figured their future employment and education desires, dreams and goals. Parents were reporting better communications with their children with disabilities and saw improvement in their children’s desires to learn new things.
This program motivated these youth to learn and grow independently, provided needed support for them to improve language and job readiness skills. We have witnessed the positive impacts and outcomes through this pilot program.