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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.
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Thursday, December 1 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Services access for Culturally Linguistically Diverse Families goes beyond translation and interpretation LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

    As a nationally recognized Parent Training and Information Center, the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) has successfully applied the cultural brokering to bridge the communication and cultural gaps working with families coming from culturally linguistically diverse (CLD) background. The FCSN collaborates with community-based organizations who serve CLD families to ensure that services the FCSN provides are culturally linguistically appropriate services. Many factors like language barriers, cultural difference, and social stigma has a great impact on how CLD families access services for their beloved. Cultural brokers may serve as intermediaries at the most basic levels bridging the cultural gap by communicating differences and similarities between cultures. They may also serve in more sophisticated roles mediating and negotiating complex processes within organizations, government, communities, and between interest groups or countries.

 Participants will:          

  • Understand the culture brokering model and learn to use this model  

  • Reflect on  how one's own culture and belief system may influence relationships with individuals and organizations  

  • Learn about the role of, skills and characteristics of a cultural broker 

  • Learn about the real situation where the cultural broker can play vital roles 


Oanh Bui

Federation for Children with Special Needs
Oanh Bui has firsthand experience advocating for appropriate services for her child. She has worked closely with different stakeholders to share knowledge and empower parents using the cultural brokering model.

Thursday December 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm CST
Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103