This course is intended for candidates who will work with service providers and or become case managers in supporting families of children with special needs within language diverse communities and may be English language learners. Candidates will learn about cultural values, including cultural shock, including inter- and intra- group differences, health and healing values, attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, child rearing practices through the exploration of underlying concepts such as acculturation and assimilation, intervention strategies/support services and language issues. The course will investigate family support principles as a key strategy in working with language diverse families. The course is designed to facilitate the student’s development of critical analytical skills in the evaluation and interpretation of cross-cultural issues in theory and practice. Topics on building equity to empower all learners will be embedded during class.