Culture & Linguistics

The Utah Developmental Disability Council is dedicated to communicating effectively and conveying information in a way that is understood easily by diverse groups, including those who have limited English proficiency, those with limited literacy skills, those with disabilities, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The UDDC is committed to making appropriate accommodations to meet each person’s communication needs.

Utah Community of Practice: Definition & Vision and Mission of Cultural Competency

Mission Statement: Utahns with Disabilities have equitable access to a culturally and linguistically competent system of services, advocacy and supports.

Definition: Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations.

  •  ‘Culture’ refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups.
  •  ‘Competence’ implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by individuals, families, and their communities.

Vision: A culturally competent organization is one that values and reflects diversity, conducts regular self-assessment, manages the dynamics of difference, acquires and institutionalizes cultural knowledge, and adapts to diversity and the cultural contexts of individuals and communities served. A culturally competent organization is able to work with people from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a way that promotes respect, dignity, and self-determination.