Demographic and caseload changes related to culturally/linguistically diverse (CLD) populations require cultural competence in order to provide clinically competent services. ASHA resources were developed to help you reflect on your current level of cultural competence to increase and improve service delivery.
Developing cultural competence is a dynamic and complex process requiring ongoing self-assessment and continuous expansion of one's cultural knowledge. It evolves over time, beginning with an understanding of one's own culture, continuing through interactions with individuals from various cultures, and extending through one's own lifelong learning. A series of checklists were developed to heighten your awareness of providing services to CLD populations. There are no answer keys and no "right" answers.