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Law Enforcement - First Responder

When Justice Sleeps: Violence and Abuse Against the Developmentally Disabled
Keywords: Abuse, Developmental Disability(DD), Victims, Police/Officers/Law Enforcement, IQ

"Discusses why persons with I/DD have high risks for abuse and crime victimization and discusses what can be done to address the problem."

Basic Course Workbook Series (Student Materials): Learning Domain 37 People with Disabilities Version 5.1
Keywords: Police/Officers/Law Enforcement, Training, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Developmental disability (DD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

"A self-study document for every learning domain in the POST Basic Course Training System."

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Legal Professionals

Effective Prosecution of Cases Involving Victims with Developmental Disabilities: A Protocol for Investigators and Prosecutors
Keywords: Developmental Disability (DD), Intellectual disability (ID), Investigator, Prosecution, Trial, Victims, Witnesses

"Protocol is designed as a guide for prosecutors in California to prepare for a successful victim-sensitive investigation and prosecution of those cases involving a victim or witness with cognitive or intellectual disabilites."

FASD in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System: Changing Court Attitudes
Keywords: Attorneys/Lawyers, Courts, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Judges, Juvenile Justice, Justice System, IQ

"FASD and the juvenile and criminal justice system."

Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Keywords: Developmental Disability (DD), Attorneys/Lawyers, Health Care, Housing, Education, Parents/Families, Programs, Statute (federal), Statute (state)

"This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities."

Prosecuting Crimes involving Victims with Disabilities
Keywords: Acommodation, Courts, Financial abuse, Investigation, Neglect, Prosecution, Sexual abuse/assault, Victims

"How to put on a case involving victims with disabilities; effectively chipping away at a defendant’s cloak of credibility while building the victim’s credibility."

Providing Disability Accommodations While Court is in Session
Keywords: Court, Accommodations, Legal, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

"The Administrative Office of the Courts, in consultation with the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, developed this guide to help judicial officers respond to requests made while court is in session for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."

Disability Services & Legal Center
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocate, Legal

DSLC is a resource center, (one of California's 28 Centers for Independent Living CIL/ILC) that promotes the Independent Living philosophy through education, community partnerships and advocacy.

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Victim Advocates

Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Keywords: Developmental Disability (DD), Attorneys/Lawyers, Health Care, Housing, Education, Parents/Families, Programs, Statute (federal), Statute (state)

"This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities."

Prosecuting Crimes involving Victims with Disabilities
Keywords: Acommodation, Courts, Financial abuse, Investigation, Neglect, Prosecution, Sexual abuse/assault, Victims

"How to put on a case involving victims with disabilities; effectively chipping away at a defendant’s cloak of credibility while building the victim’s credibility."

When Justice Sleeps: Violence and Abuse Against the Developmentally Disabled
Keywords: Abuse, Developmental Disability(DD), Victims, Police/Officers/Law Enforcement, IQ

"Discusses why persons with I/DD have high risks for abuse and crime victimization and discusses what can be done to address the problem."

Disability Rights California
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocate, Self Advocacy

The mission of Disability Rights California is to "advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities".

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Disability Advocates

Arc of Mid-Cities: Alternatives to Incarceration
Keywords: Developmental Disability (DD), Training, Suspect/Offenders, Prison, The Arc

"Prepares persons for entry into competitive employment and independent living."

Community Resources in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake & Mendocino
Keywords: Resources, Community, Legal

"This document offers a variety of community resources and contacts, including legal contacts."

Inmates with Disabilities Resource Page
Keywords: Inmates, Resources, Parolees, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

"Resources for inmates with disabilities."

Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Keywords: Developmental Disability (DD), Attorneys/Lawyers, Health Care, Housing, Education, Parents/Families, Programs, Statute (federal), Statute (state)

"This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities."

Providing Disability Accommodations While Court is in Session
Keywords: Court, Accommodations, Legal, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

"The Administrative Office of the Courts, in consultation with the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, developed this guide to help judicial officers respond to requests made while court is in session for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."

The Arc of Riverside County: Criminal Justice Advocacy
Keywords: The Arc, Abuse, Advocacy, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), Justice System, Neglect, Police/Officers/Law Enforcement, Training

"A private, non-profit corporation serving adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities."

Association of Regional Center Agencies
Keywords: Advocacy

Association of Regional Center Agencies "promotes the continuing entitlement of individuals with developmental disabilities to all services that enable full community inclusion.

Disability Rights California
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocate, Self Advocacy

The mission of Disability Rights California is to "advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities".

National Disability Rights California
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocate, Self Advocacy

The mission of Disability Rights California is to "advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities".

State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocate, Self Advocacy

The mission of Disability Rights California is to "advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities".

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Self-Advocates

Developmental Disabilities Service Organization
Keywords: Attorneys/Lawyers, Legal, Rights

"This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities."

Developmental Disabilities Service Organization
Keywords: Courts, Investigation, Neglect, Prosecution, Sexual abuse/assault, Victims

This webinar by Kim M. Hunter discusses prosecuting crimes that involve victims with disabilities.

Developmental Disabilities Service Organization
Keywords: Abuse, Victims, Police/Officers/Law Enforcement

This PowerPoint by Joan Petersilia discusses why persons with I/DD are at a high risk for abuse and victimization and discusses what can be done to address the problem.

Disability Rights California
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocate, Self Advocacy

The mission of Disability Rights California is to "advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities".

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