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Law Enforcement - First Responder

Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Prison Project (AVID Prison Project)
Keywords: Prison, Inmates

This website is a conglomeration of blogs written by inmates with disabilities.

Law Enforcement Disability Awareness Training
Keywords: Police Officers/Law Enforcement, Training, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This PowerPoint, created by David V. Whalen, presents the importance of law enforcement training for interacting with individuals with I/DD. It also provides information and examples about different types of disabilities.

On the Scene and Informed: First Responders and Autism
Keywords: First Responders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Communication, Identification, Traits/Characteristics, resources

Created by NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, this guide is for assisting first responders in identifying, communicating and de-escalating situations with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Partnering to Protect People with Special Needs: A Guide for Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Keywords: Neglect, Abuse, Resource,

This guide by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities answers frequently asked questions about reporting the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities

First Responders Disability Awareness Training
Keywords: First Responders, Training, Curriculum, EMS/EMT, Police Officers/Law enforcement, communication, identification

"The mission of the First Responder Disability Awareness Training (FR-DAT) project is to develop a training curriculum for law enforcement, fire fighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 911 operators/dispatchers that provides all First Responders with the knowledge necessary to best serve and respond to individuals with disabilities"

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Legal Professionals

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Victim Advocates

Barrier Free Justice - Victim Assistance Services
Keywords: Safety, Legal, Victim advocates

"Barrier Free Justice provides a variety of services including: crime prevention, safety planning, counseling, case management, case updates and legal advocacy, skills training, assistance with housing and shelter, and Crime Victims Board reimbursement."

Barrier Free Living
Keywords: Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Victim, Domestic Violence, Shelter, Counseling

Barrier Free Living offers the first fully accessible emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence with disabilities and their families. Freedom House acts as a shelter and offers safety planning, parenting skill building, advocacy and can be reached at (212) 400-6470. Secret Garden offers counseling, innovative support groups, advocacy, and safety planning and can be reached at (212) 533-4358 or info@bflnyc.org.

Partnering to Protect People with Special Needs: A Guide for Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Keywords: Neglect, Abuse, Resource,

This guide by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities answers frequently asked questions about reporting the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities

Project Shield - Criminal Justice Community Response to Sexual Assault Victims with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Keywords: sexual abuse, abuse, victims

This PowerPoint, developed by Project Shield, discusses the sexual abuse of individuals with I/DD in the state of New York.

The BILS Crime Victims and Domestic Violence Program
Keywords: Victims, victim advocates

"The program works to ensure that victims of crime with disabilities can get services immediately. The program is staffed by people who themselves have disabilities and/or have been a victims of crime."

NYS Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Keywords: Victim advocates, Disability advocates, Advocacy

"The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken."

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Disability Advocates

NYS Justice Center
Keywords: Victim advocates, Disability advocates, Advocacy

"The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken"

Partnering to Protect People with Special Needs: A Guide for Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Keywords: Developmental Disabilities (DD), Disability Advocates

This guide by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities answers frequently asked questions about reporting the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities

NYS Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Keywords: Victim advocates, Disability advocates, Advocacy

"The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken."

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Keywords: Developmental Disabilities (DD), Disability Advocates

"The NYSDDPC is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency that operates under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. For over forty years, we've been developing and funding innovative, disability-related projects which improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.. "

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Keywords: Advocacy, Disability Advocates,

"The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments"

The Arc of New York
Keywords: The Arc, advocacy

“NYSARC’s mission is to advocate for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in every manner possible. In its advocacy role, NYSARC is committed to a full quality of life for every person, as it recognizes the challenges of the present and has a clear vision for the future.”

Barrier Free Living
Keywords: Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Victim, Domestic Violence, Shelter, Counseling

Barrier Free Living offers the first fully accessible emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence with disabilities and their families. Freedom House acts as a shelter and offers safety planning, parenting skill building, advocacy and can be reached at (212) 400-6470. Secret Garden offers counseling, innovative support groups, advocacy, and safety planning and can be reached at (212) 533-4358 or info@bflnyc.org.

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Self-Advocates

Partnering to Protect People with Special Needs: A Guide for Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Keywords: Neglect, Abuse, Resource

This guide by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities answers frequently asked questions about reporting the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities.

NYS Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Keywords: Victim advocates, Disability advocates, Advocacy

"The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken."

Barrier Free Living
Keywords: Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Victim, Domestic Violence, Shelter, Counseling

Barrier Free Living offers the first fully accessible emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence with disabilities and their families. Freedom House acts as a shelter and offers safety planning, parenting skill building, advocacy and can be reached at (212) 400-6470. Secret Garden offers counseling, innovative support groups, advocacy, and safety planning and can be reached at (212) 533-4358 or info@bflnyc.org.

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