Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Respite Organizations was prepared for ARCH by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence
Organizational self-assessment is a necessary, effective, and systematic way to plan for and incorporate cultural and linguistic competence. An assessment should address the attitudes, behaviors, policies, structures, and practices of an organization, including but not limited to, those of its board, staff, faculty, consultants, contractors, advisory groups, and volunteers. The process should also elicit the experiences and opinions of the persons and communities served.
While there are many tools and instruments to assess organizational cultural and linguistic competence, few have been developed to address the cross-section of organizations concerned with disability and aging. The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Respite Organizations (CLCARO) was developed specifically for this purpose. The CLCARO is intended to support organizations to: (1) plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent values, policies, structures, and practices in all aspects of their work; (2) enhance the quality of services, supports, and advocacy provided to diverse and underresourced and underserved communities; (3) effect change in education, training, technical assistance, direct service delivery, and public policy; and (4) advance cultural and linguistic competence as essential approaches to address racial and ethnic disparities and promote equity for people who experience disabilities, older adults and their families.
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To guide the assessment process, please see the companion GUIDE FOR USING the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Respite Organizations.
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