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Multicultural Outreach Program


The mission of the Multicultural Outreach Program is to help alleviate barriers to accessing disability resources, provide cultural awareness training, information and assistance to families with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Multicultural Outreach Program currently provides:

  • Multilingual staff who speak: English & Spanish can be contacted Toll-free (1-800-640-4636)
  • For individuals with disabilities and their families who speak languages other than English or Spanish. Interpreter services are available.
  • Camino Seguro - A statewide information & referral database of bilingual (English/Spanish) service providers in Tennessee.
  • Collaboration activities with agencies serving multicultural populations.
  • Disabilty and Cultural Awareness - Education and Training
  • Monthly parent support group - Meetings for parents who have children with disabilities in Middle Tennessee. The support groups are sponsored by the generous support of Amerigroup , Catepillar, and United Healthcare .
    • Two Spanish-speaking support group for parents of children with disabilities - meet on a monthly basis. Education and peer support model. Child care is provided, contact Carolina Meyerson or call 615-875-9852
    • Technical Assistance to non-profit agencies seeking to form disability-related support groups in their communities.

    Multicultural Resources:

    Resources on agencies who provided services to the multicultural community can be found on the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder database. Spanish-speaking resources can be found on Camino Seguro. Specific keywords to search on the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder database:

    • Bilingual and/or Multilingual Staff
    • Interpretation & Translation Assistance
    • Immigrant and Refugee Services


Alexander Santana, Multicultural Program Coordinator, (615) 875-5083

Cecilia Melo-Romie, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Liaison, (615) 875-9850

Tracy P. Beard, Assistant Director/AUCD Multicultural Council Member, (615) 875-5084

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Other Links and Resources

  • Nicky's Drive
    A non-profit organization in South Africa that aims to assist people with disabilities within South Africa to be mobile and independent through the funding of car adaptations.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
    This form is intended for an applicant who seeks an exception to the English and/or civics requirements due to a physical, developmental, or mental health disability that has to last, or expected to last 12 months or more. An applicant who with reasonable accommodations provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 can satisfy the English and civics requirements does not need to submit this form. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, extended time for testing, and off-site testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions Form N-648, Training for External Stakeholders
    This training will provide you with an overview of: Naturalization Process, English and Civics Requirements, Revised Form N-648, Role of the Medical Professional, Nexus, Role of the USCIS Officer, Naturalization Testing, and Resources. (12/2011)
  • Multicultural Council - Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)
    The Multicultural Council is established as an integral part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). The mission of the Council is to advocate on behalf of the cultural diversity and cultural competence mandates of the Developmental Disabilities Act and other relevant legislation and policy as amended. The Council fulfills this mission to the Association and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the area of cultural competence as mandated by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

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