The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) entered a three-year partnership with Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (GU NCCC). The project goal is to advance policies and practices of cultural and linguistic competence (CLC), diversity, equity, and inclusion in all components of the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) system of New York State.
In May 2022, Kathy Hochul, the Governor of New York State, announced that:
“’As we work hard to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our communities, I am excited to join this important partnership with Georgetown University,’ Governor Hochul said.‘This three-year undertaking will help break down barriers that often prevent New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, their families and the people who support them from receiving the services they need to thrive.’”
The OPWDD-Georgetown University NCCC Partnership for Systems Change has four primary components:
Georgetown Cultural Competence Experts Collaborate with NY State to Improve Developmental Disability Services
Georgetown’s National Center for Cultural Competence has been tapped to work with New York state on improving systems of supports and services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families across racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and other identity groups.
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