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National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity:
Implications for Transition Personnel


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Table of Contents

Part I – Essential Tool Overview
Key Questions
Intended Audience
How This Essential Tool Is Organized
Ensuring Practices Presented Are Evidence-Based

Part II – CLD Youth with Disabilities in Transition
Statistical Comparisons of Ethnic/Racial Groups
Strengths to Build On for Transition Success
Challenges Commonly Faced by CLD Youth with Disabilities in Transition

Part III – Continuum of “Individualistic” and “Collectivistic” Values
Alternative Views of People as Independent or Interdependent
Contrasts Between Individualistic and Collectivistic Values
Implications for Transition Personnel: The Example of Self-Determination
Youth and Family Involvement in the Transition Planning Process

Part IV – The Culturally Sensitive Individualization of Services and Supports
Cultural Reciprocity
Person-Centered Planning


Other Resources Available on the Internet
Assistive Technology
Career Development and Employment
Cultural Competence
Dropout Prevention
Financial Supports
Limited English Proficiency
Person-Centered Planning
Positive Behavioral Supports
Postsecondary Education
Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy
Social Inclusion
Strengths-Based Assessment

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