In 2015, the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State set out to address the complex needs of Spanish-speaking families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), in the state of Georgia.
In the first two years, the LCPR led by convening the Latino Community of Practice: Supporting Families with Children and Youth with Disabilities, and brought together over 150 Latino-serving diverse, multi-sector professionals, family advocates, and partners from metro Atlanta and beyond. We created a robust network (Community of Practice) that continues to work collaboratively in many meaningful and relevant initiatives.
Since 2018, we shifted our focus to work directly for and with Spanish-speaking families with children and youth with IDD and ASD.
We design and enhance innovative bilingual and culturally and linguistically competent programming that includes informal and formal advocacy, community-based outreach, psycho-educational sessions, social media marketing, professional and technical interpreting and translation, and a dedicated Spanish track in both our signature Autism Conference & Expo, and Positive Behavior Parent Academy.
In addition, the LCPR continues to invest in developing family- and community-based leaders through a participatory action research (PAR) model and engages families in co-creating and co-implementing the cadre of services, opportunities, and supports they need the most.
Under the auspices of the LCPR, we also deliver - through our bilingual certified trainers/educators - the Spanish and English Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings from the internationally recognized Mental Health First Aid of USA curriculum.
In tandem, we have co-developed the Latinx Mentoring Pipeline in partnership with colleagues at Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development. This initiative allows for Hispanic/Latinx undergraduate and graduate students at Georgia State to intern at the CLD and work towards learning how to best serve Spanish-speaking communities in public health and educational spheres.
We are a diverse, multi-sector network of professionals, family advocates and allies across the state of Georgia that engage in capacity- and community-building and development at the intersection of intellectual and developmental disabilities and educational and health equity.
Moreover, we provide bilingual, and monolingual (Spanish), technical assistance and training to local, state-wide, regional, and national partners on how to best serve new comer and immigrant Spanish-speaking families in a wide-range area of expertise.
Here is a report of the LCPR’s 2016 Activities. This document details numbers, impact, influences, and goals.