Criminal Justice and Disability Resources (General Audience)

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Enhancing Understanding and Interaction Skills When Working with Child Abuse Victims Who Have Autism

This free two-part webinar provides basic information about children with autism including diagnostic and behavioral aspects, as well as interactional skills. Important language, perception, and sensory aspects is highlighted, as well as communication skills and use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), as required by the ADA. This presentation is intended for: Professionals who work with child victims in the investigation and treatment of child abuse. Mental Health Providers, Law Enforcement, Social Services, Forensic Interviewers, Legal Counsel, Medical Personnel, and Victim Advocates are appropriate.

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Disability and Abuse Project

This project addresses the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities by providing training and materials for multiple audiences in the criminal justice system. Mission: To identify ways to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims, and to seek justice for those who have been victimized. Action Areas: Public awareness, education and training, policy development, law enforcement, and professional consulting.

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FASD and the Criminal Justice System

Fact sheet developed by SAMHSA’s Center for Excellence on FASD.

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Safe and Sound: Victims with Autism Assistance, Education and Training Program

The Autism Society created a series of fact sheets and brochures to assist crime victim assistance professionals, families, and individuals with autism. Six fact sheets on autism - for police, paramedics, child abuse counselors, domestic violence and sexual assault counselors, attorneys, and social workers are available, along with fact sheets are two brochures designed for individuals with autism who have been the victim of a crime and family members of crime victims with autism.

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SafePlace: Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program)

SafePlace provides training and education to increase awareness about and prevent sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Through custom designed presentations and trainings for disability service providers, domestic and sexual violence staff and criminal justice personnel, the program offers technical assistance and consultation to individuals and organizations seeking guidance to reduce the risks of abuse against individuals with disabilities or to enhance accessibility to persons with disabilities. The agency offers useful materials and curricula for criminal justice and disability personnel and staff.

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Safer Options Manual: Developing Best Practices Treatment for People who have Intellectual Disabilities and Offending or Problematic Sexual Behavior

The purpose of this manual is to support the development and implementation of community based treatment programs for people with disabilities who have problematic and/or sex offending behavior. While specific to Pennsylvania, it provide general information on ethics, sexuality, risk assessment, treatment, supervision, treatment teams, as well as training and support for staff. The Safer Options Train-the-Trainer curriculum can assist agencies in developing a process for supporting individuals with very serious, complex and at times dangerous sexual behavior. While no training can eliminate liability, providing effective training like this one can help reduce it significantly. (2010)

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Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities Criminal Justice / First Responders Project

The Institute provides training and technical assistance regarding criminal justice issues throughout Pennsylvania, as well as a number of helpful products and materials on the issue of people with I/DD in the criminal justice system and on sexuality/safety issues.

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Webinar: Protecting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

MECP and The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability partnered for MECP's July 2014 webinar. NCCJD's Leigh Ann Davis was a guest presenter. This webinar provides an overview of the common types of violence, risk factors for violence and signs of possible victimization among children with disabilities. The presenter provides examples on how to improve responses to effectively serve child victims with disabilities.

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