The Rehabilitation Administration Service Grant

   Project Title: Mul­ti­cul­tural Parent Training and Information Center



Project Descrip­tion:

The purpose of this 5-year project is to establish a Multicultural Parent Training and Information Center that will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information about transition to adult services, post-secondary resources and services for culturally & linguistically diverse (CLD) youth with developmental & intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) and their families in the WA-state.


Program Goals:


  • Increase knowledge about transition & related services in their primary language
  • Increase access to culturally responsive transition related services


  •  Increase capacity to meet the need of CLD youth and their families



Develop materials to support CLD youth & families and processionals serving them, such as:

  • Transition Parent Information & Resource Guides**
  • Two hour DVDs on How to access Transition-related Services**
  • Online Transition Resource guide for county specific information
  • Five Cultural Competency webinars for professionals supporting transition-age youth

** in Somali, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, & Arabic


Pilot programs in King, Snohomish & Kitsap County

For CLD parents:

  • Parent workshops: 2 hour workshops on transition related topics; 2-3 workshops per year in each county

For professionals:

  • Cultural competency webinar* series on 5 modules

*Archived Webinars available HERE


Extend program to Whatcom, Clark, Yakima, Pierce & Spokane counties

  • Hold 4 one-day stakeholder’s meetings: presentations on pilot program result in 4 geographic locations
  • Provide 40 hours of consultation to stakeholders with implementation
  • Over the phone consultation for families by Open Doors’ bilingual staffs

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