Staff Diversity Education
Take advantage of training opportunities available
Newsletter - diversity minute
Request 1 hr diversity topic at "All staff"
Poll offices to see is any topics ROs would like to see addressed, e.g., trans gender, agism, etc.
Investigate Diversity Ethics module (RCEP)
Counselor training module on diversity
|Diversity Committee members||ongoing||
Topic Area: Gay/Lesbian - workplace issues; SEA/Civil union - Barbara to check about possible presentation to committee
Lutheran Social Services - information on refugees coming into the area
|Update populations list (last done in 2004)||Diversity Committee members||10/07||By 10/07 Diversity committee members will have a conversation with their office about who is coming in; who is in the community who is not coming in, what languages, etc.|
|Develop protocol sheet for counselors for special factors to consider, e.g., legal ability to work in this country
Diversity committee members will read through the Web site to identify any questions or ideas on how to address this issue for counselors
|Diversity Committee members||12/07||Currently working Linda stopped in at the Manchester office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services office. She cautioned that if customers are sent to let them know that the procedures there are very strict in terms of security (metal detectors, need to state specific purpose for being there). The office apparently does not handle individual calls - these are processed through the 1-800 number. For further information they referred to the www.uscis.gov site. This did not look like a possible resource for someone speaking to our group relative to work status and immigration issues. Linda shared the brochure from the USCIS office with the committee. Attorney John Wilson addressed the committee on 8/2/07 and provided additional info about immigration and legally working in the U.S.|
|Orientation sheet||Ella||10/07||Ella to present to CO Workgroup in October. Translate to different languages (based on RO conversations on populations); consider update pictures|
|Resource list||Diversity Committee members||2/08||Rose will check with Minority Health to see what they have for resources/resource list/link|
|Explore (paper) resource book in ROs||Diversity Committee members||4/08|
|Web site||Diversity Committee members||ongoing||Info about diversity committee what has done/who we are/ info on diversity|
|Support diversity efforts in Hispanic language||Diversity Committee members||2/07||PowerPoint|
NH Vocational Rehabilitation Diversity Plan
Objectives and Activities for FY 2005-2007
Welcoming Environment and Equal Services For All
|Staff Diversity Education||Diversity Committee members||
Language Line training in Regional Offices
|Reception Signs in different languages||Diversity Committee members||
Each office now has Interpreter Service Available sign in their reception areas to assist non-English speaking customers and individuals inquiring about services
|Interpreter availability / identification of resources||Diversity Committee members||
Language interpretation/translation services are available through Language Line (interpretation services from English to over 100 languages), and through several agencies in communities, for example Language Bank (Lutheran Services), a list of translator/interpreters is available online - DOE directory of interpreters ; and other contacts for cultural competency resources
D-Link training - referred to RCD coordinator for implementation - in process
Outreach to Under served Groups
|Define the populations||Diversity Committee members||
Top 10 languages spoken in state identified
|Develop protocol sheet for counselors for special factors to consider, e.g., legal ability to work in this country||Diversity Committee members||Currently working on this area|
|Primary forms translated to Spanish & disseminated to field||Ella||6/05||Completed
For copy of forms please see your diversity committee member
|VR Brochures in various languages||Diversity Committee members||Currently working on|
Other Committee Supported goals and activities
June 15, 2005 Diversity Training
Crossing Cultures in Rehabilitation
Presented by NH Minority Health Coalition
Cultural Competency Group
About the trainers
Clowes and Migalli can be contacted to do training for your agency by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Develop an individual employment plan to work with her. Address the cultural and personal strengths or challenges.
Reference The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information Exchange, supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in U.S. Department of Education, has published a series of user-friendly monographs containing specific information about the culture, values, and recommended ways for service providers to interact with persons from various countries ( China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Korea, El Salvador, India, Jamaica, Mexico & the Philippines ). The focus of these documents is generally on rehabilitation agencies, but there is also information related to how each of these cultures view persons with disabilities. See www.ncddr.org/du/products/focus/focus2.
Jean comes from a family of 4 siblings, but is not in regular contact with any of them. He is the youngest and only one still living at home. His parents speak only French at home.
Develop an individualized employment plan for Jean. Address the cultural and personal strengths or challenges.
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