AZ Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities

The Sonoran Center, Arizona Developmental Disabilities Network partners, the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Raising Special Kids are working together to improve cultural and linguistic competence within the Arizona developmental disabilities (DD) system. In 2017, this Arizona partnership received a five-year grant from Georgetown University’s National Center for Cultural Competence with funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to establish a Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities (CoP-CLCDD) in our state. This grant is part of a national effort to improve systems of care for people with developmental disabilities, and Arizona is one of nine states and the District of Columbia participating in this effort.


This statewide community of practice is charged with driving system change that will result in a linguistically and culturally competent DD system. The Arizona CoP-CLCDD has developed a shared vision and implementation plan for the next five years. The vision is: A developmental disabilities system in Arizona that works in partnership with all diverse communities and embraces, respects, and seeks to understand the beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, languages and behaviors of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


How to serve a diverse ArizonaDuring the first year of the project, each organization filled out a baseline survey to gauge our current efforts. From that data, we are discovering our successes and challenges. We’ve also started an online resource page that will showcase tools, apps and tips on creating culturally and linguistically competent organizations. Please visit


The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) is leading this effort.

For more information, please contact the ADDPC at 602.542.8970 | 877.665.3176 Toll Free