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End of Life Through a Cultural Lens!

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Sponsored By AAIDD – AUCD – The Arc of the US - ANCOR – AAIDD Gerontology Division - RRTC on Aging & DD at the University of Illinois at Chicago

No Registration Fees – You Pay Your Regular Long Distance Telephone Charges


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Date:  Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Moderator:  George Jesien, AUCD Executive Director



Speaker:   Tawara D. Goode, Assistant Professor and Director, National Center for Cultural Competence.  Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development


Ms. Goode is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and regularly contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competence within systems and organizations.  She has developed curricula, monographs, policy briefs, assessment instruments, publications, and conducted research to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence.  Her work addresses the needs of diverse audiences including health and mental health care, social services, advocacy organizations, professional societies, and institutions of higher education. 

Webinar Description:    This webinar will explore cultural beliefs and influences that often converge when an individual is faced with end-of-life decisions within the contexts of the legal system, the health care system, community and social networks, spirituality or the faith community, and the family.


Participants will be able to:

1.       Define culture and describe its multiple dimensions.

2.       Describe examples of how cultural variables from each system may impact an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability. 

3.       Describe how culturally competent values, policies, structures, and practices can be applied to end-of-life decision making for individuals with intellectual or developmental disability.

Target Audiences :   Policy makers, administrators, educators, advocates, providers of services and supports, and researchers across the multiple disciplines concerned with or involved in end-of-life decisions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.