Last week, we discussed potential barriers and solutions when planning for multicultural transition conferences. Now, let’s address some important questions.
When developing transition programs that serve families from non-dominant cultures, we should ask ourselves:
- Have we provided an opportunity for the student and their family to share their background, history, culture, and future expectations?
- Have we provided opportunities for students to learn the backgrounds, history, and culture of others?
- Are we mindful of the student’s traditions and cultural expectations when planning transition services and activities?
- Do the employment, education, and independent living goals align with the student’s traditions and cultural expectations?
- Does the student need an interpreter or translator to be successful in transition services and activities (e.g., pre-ETS, job placement, or community work experiences?
- Have we invited all necessary supports to the conference, such as providing the family with transition information in their first language?
- Have we shared information to all staff on diversity and cultural competence?
We do the student a great service when we recognize, embrace, and celebrate their diversity when planning for their future. Using a family-centered approach in transition planning will increase the likelihood that all students feel valued and experience success moving forward.
The team at the Center on Community Living and Careers wishes you all a hearty Season’s Greetings!
Our Comprehensive Transition Open Office Hours will be on hiatus on December 22 and December 29. The Thursday sessions will resume January 5 and will be accessible through the Zoom link below.
Comprehensive Transition Open Office Hours
Thursdays 2:30–4:30 p.m., Eastern Time
CCLC Office Hours ZOOM