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Latino Community Information & Resources

These resources are specifically designed for the Latino community. They are not directly related to employment. Similar resources are listed in our Disability Information.



These are resources especially designed for the Latino community.  They are divided into several areas:

  • Education has information related to education for both disabled and non-disabled Latinos.
  • Health has links to information about Latino health issues.
  • Disability has resources related to disability in the Latino community.
  • Community includes links to Latino organizations.

Note that Disability Information & Resources has a lot of relevent and related links, that are also in many cases bilingual.


Education

First in the Family

First in the Family is a website that talks about the difficulties in being the first person in your family to attend college. It is divided into two parts: one discusses what you need to do in high school in order to end up in college and the second talks about how to succeed once you are admitted into a college. First in the Family uses videos, information factsheets, checklists, and links to other resources to make sure that you have a good base of information and support.

 

LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)

With the creation of the LULAC National Educational Service Centers in 1973; LULAC centralized its educational effort in a network of sixteen counseling centers coordinated by an office in Washington, DC. LULAC's National Education Service Center's mission is to increase educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans through the development and implementation of effective programs in Hispanic communities throughout the United States". This organization offers scholarship for Latino young people while also coordinating a leadership for high school students, which allow students to learn leadership skills valuable in serving community at the local level through projects and workshops.

 

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

Promoting educational excellence and equity through bilingual education, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is the only national organization exclusively concerned with the education of language-minority students in American schools.

 

Bilingual Tips for Navigating the College Admissions Process

The Princeton Review, an educational services company, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic education, made the Spanish-English Roadmap to College available for free. The Roadmap is a bilingual resource that helps demystify the college admissions process for Spanish-speaking students and their families. It includes information about changes to the SAT, tips on using the Internet in the college admissions process, and researching what college admissions officers look for in prospective students.

 

Aspira: An Investment in Latino Youth

"The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. Since 1961 ASPIRA has pursued its mission of empowering the Latino community through the development of its youth. All of ASPIRA's goals and activities spring from one basic belief: Puerto Ricans and Latinos have the collective potential to move their community forward." They also participate in a youth leadership development program, focusing in on schools where there is a large Latino population, and empowering them to be community leaders through education and community service. Each local organization has clubs that provide Latino youths with college and career counseling, advocacy, financial aid and scholarships.

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

This organization is committed to developing Hispanic leadership development by providing educational scholarships, a leadership development program, and other activities designed to prepare Hispanics to be professionals serving their communities.

 

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

This organization is committed to giving Hispanics the opportunity to pursue higher education; it organizes many events to achieve this goal, including educational workshops. Other services on their website include links for fellowship opportunities, internships, etc.

 

Center for the Advancement of Hispanic and Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE)

CAHSEE is an organization created by Latino engineers and scientists dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics in science and engineering careers. CAHSEE's efforts are concentrated in preparing Latino youth to enter and succeed in science and engineering schools and to complete graduate degrees, and in mentoring young Latino scientists and engineers to assume leadership positions in corporate America, academia, research government labs, and government. Our goals include the development of a cohesive national network of Latino engineers and scientists working together to achieve success in the professional and civic arenas.

 

Toolkit for Hispanic/Latino Families

The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans collaborated with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans to create a Tool Kit for Hispanic Families. The resource was designed as part of a public awareness campaign aimed at closing the achievement gap for Hispanic children, and setting new and high expectations this group. The Tool Kit includes six brochures covering topics such as “Tips for Helping Children Learn to Read,” “A Challenging High School Education for All,” and “School Success for Your Child.”

 

Department of Education Resources

The U.S. Department of Education has updated the link on its home page for Spanish speakers. The site provides a range of educational related information and can be accessed in Spanish through the home page by clicking "Recursos en español."

 

Closing the Latino Education Gap

The Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) was established in response to the educational achievement gap among Latino children in the United States. The primary goal of the organization is to improve the educational outcomes of Latino children. HCREO members publish a variety of studies and reports about the current crisis.


Health

Questions and Answers about New Rules for Young People Under 26 Getting Health Insurance

Starting September 23, 2010, young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until the age of 26. This is one of the most important benefits of America’s new health care law. However, the rules explaining how to do so are very intimidating. This website helps explain them, answering the most common worries that you may have.

 

Bilingual Website Explaining and Helping Find Health Insurance

HealthCare.gov is a government website that helps you find insurance, explains health care law, provides health information, and more. One great feature is its clear explanation of how new laws will reform how health care works over the course of the next several years. The website is available in English and Spanish.

 

Interagency Website with Information about AIDS

AIDS.gov provides access to Federal HIV/AIDS information through a variety of new media channels, and supports the use of new media tools by Federal and community partners to improve domestic HIV programs serving minority and other communities most at-risk for, or living with, HIV.

 

Hispanic Health Fact Sheets

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has developed a website containing fact sheets, in English and Spanish, covering health topics of special concern to Hispanic Americans. You can also find news, actions to take, scholarship information, and other resources on the site.

 

Spotlight on Minority Health and Health Care Disparities

The Kaiser Foundation's "Spotlight on Minority Health and Health Care Disparities" is designed to provide up-to-date news and information about efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care. It includes a reference library of key publications, organizations, and other resources; key data on the health status of groups of color; links to recent reports; current headlines from the Kaiser Daily Reports; and recent HealthCasts and transcripts of health conferences and events focused on communities of color.

 

NINDA Launches Stroke Awareness Video for Hispanics

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. The disease also disproportionately affects Hispanics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanics 35-64 years old are 1.3 times more likely to have a stroke than whites in the same age group. Today, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) released a Spanish video designed to educate Hispanic communities nationwide about stroke prevention and treatment. The video, entitled "Ataque cerebral: Conozca los síntomas y actúe a tiempo," was developed in partnership with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization and an umbrella for more than 300 affiliated Hispanic-serving organizations nationwide. To obtain a single free copy of the video, call toll-free 1-800-352-9424.


Disability

Radio Vida Independiente

Radio Vida Independiente is a radio program hosted by Horacio Esparza, executive director of the Progress Center for Independent Living in Illinois. This bilingual English/Spanish program is hosted every Saturday morning and can be heard online. It talks about important issues for people with disabilities and provides information about how to live independently.

 

Thisabled Online Community

Thisabled is an online community created by Javier Robles that focuses on issues faced by people with disabilities. It includes news, blogs, and a comic strip. Much of the website looks at these issues from the perspective of Latinos and African Americans with disabilities. Mr. Robles also has a blog that talks about his experience as a disabled Latino.

 

EndeavorFreedom.Tv

Endeavor Freedom is a media network for people with disabilities run by people with disabilities. It increases awareness of the disability community through video, film, photography, poetry, sport, and print to create a space that honors diversity and reflects the myriad experience of the world at large. In our May-June 2007 newsletter, Zen García, the founder of EndeavorFreedom.Tv, wrote about how he was inspired to create it.

 

Audacity Magazine

Audacity Magazine is a news and entertainment magazine geared toward the disability community in the United States and the world. As such, Audacity covers issues pertaining to life with a disability through the prism of disability to expose the public at large to the attitudes of those with physical challenges. In addition to covering issues related to disability, Audacity writes stories pertaining to topical issues not directly related to disability per se, those stories give writers and the disability community a chance to express their opinions. Audacity Magazine's staff is made up entirely of people with varying disabilities.

 

Series of articles about mental health issues in the Latino community

The Herald, a newspaper in Washington state, in collaboration with La Raza del Noroeste, has published an excellent 4 part series of stories about mental health issues that Latinos face. This series, published in December, 2008, is available in both English and Spanish.

 

First Validated Screen for Learning Disabilities for Spanish Speaking Adult Populations

The State University of New York's University Center for Academic and Workforce Development put out a paper evaluating existing screening devices to identify learning disabilities in Spanish-speaking adults and offers recommendations regarding the diagnostic process based on the findings. The Empire State Screen also is introduced as helping to determine the likelihood of a given person having learning disabilities.

 

Autism Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Families

Web site created by families for families that provides information in Spanish about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

 

National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The nonprofit council offers educational institutions and organizations in the country guidance on how to include lessons on Hispanic and Hispanic deaf cultures, the Spanish language and Mexican Sign Language, Lenguaje de Senas Mexicana, or LSM. The council also aims to encourage parents who speak Spanish to learn LSM. The need for a Hispano-deaf council is growing rapidly because NMSD students have indicated they want to know more about their culture and the Hispanic population is the most rapidly growing minority in the nation.

 

Cultural Competence and Family Caregivers

A monograph published by the Family Caregiver Alliance offers advice for health and human service practitioners on how to work with Latino family and informal caregivers. Cultural Competency In Working With Latino Family Caregivers includes case studies, cultural competency guidelines, and a resource list.


Latino Community

National Council of La Raza

"The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans" at the local community and national level. Their website includes a press room regarding policy decisions affecting the Hispanic community, a listing of special events, contact information as well as links to other Hispanic websites and resources.

 

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

In addition to providing legal defense support to Latinos, MALDEF is also involved in promoting education at the community level in organizing leadership development programs for mid-career professionals, those interested in grass root community organization, and for Latino parents who wish to serve in schools, teaching their children and other students important leadership skills.

 

NALEO: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

This organization is committed to empowering Latinos to become elected and appointed political officials and other actors within the American political process through their educational fund as well as leadership development initiatives.

 

Mana: A National Latina Organization

This is a pan-American organization that used to be focused on Mexican Americans but now is focused on all Latinas. It is committed to empowering Latinas through leadership development and community service initiatives. Their website features a link page which directs you to other various specialized Latino organizations in addition to providing a rather extensive list of educational scholarship opportunities for Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike.

 

National Latino Children's Institute

This organization focuses on the needs of Latino children and teenagers in the US and advocates policies that will improve education, community involvement, and good children to parent relationships. Their website provides news, their agenda, and different events/projects that the institute is involved in.

 

National Hispanic Council on Aging

This organization is committed to serving the elderly Hispanic population in the US, focused on such important issues as employment, further education, housing, and healthcare.

 

REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos

REFORMA is committed to the improvement of the full spectrum of library and information services for the approximately 35.3 million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in the United States. It is an affiliate of the ALA (American Library Association) seeking to provide Latinos all around the US with bilingual and bicultural library staff, Spanish language materials, and education about library services. There are local chapters all around the country, including DC, giving service to local Latino communities; there is contact information for the local chapters on the website.

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