NCCJD seeks to engage professionals, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members to better understand criminal justice and disability-related issues and provide information on current topics of greatest interest to them. To achieve this goal, NCCJD will be offering six webinars from October 2015 – October 2017. Webinars will be archived and made available for viewing 2-5 business days after the live event.

NCCJD’s webinars are highly informative, easy to access and a great way to stay informed about criminal justice and disability issues. Please note all webinars will provide closed captioning upon request. We value your feedback, and it is our goal to provide the most conducive and effective learning platform possible.

Future webinars will be posted below, along with a link to register, in the coming months. To view a past, recorded webinar, see our webinar archive.


People with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Promising Legislation for Statewide Reforms 

February 25th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

Leigh Ann Davis
, Program Manager, NCCJD
Heather Sachs, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, National Down Syndrome Society
Patti Saylor, Owner, Health Link LLC
Darla Stuart, Executive Director, The Arc of Aurora
Diana Goldberg, Executive Director, SungateKids 
Carole O’Shea, Supervisor Victim Advocate, Aurora Police Department
Maggie Conroy, Chief Deputy District Attorney, The Denver District Attorney’s Office 

Join NCCJD as we delve into the stories that created statewide movements to pass legislation impacting people with disabilities in the criminal justice system as either suspects or victims of crime. Over the past two years, NCCJD has been compiling a database of such legislation in order to help criminal justice and disability professionals understand this issue from a national viewpoint and get an idea of what type of legislation is being passed and why. A brief overview of current findings will be discussed by NCCJD’s Program Manager. 

Ms. Sachs and Ms. Saylor will highlight legislation passed in their home state of Maryland inspired by Ethan Saylor’s death to establish a program to effectively train people with disabilities to meaningfully participate in law enforcement trainings. The Colorado team will discuss their collaborative role in successfully passing state legislation that allows crime victims with disabilities to have access to hearsay exception in order to ensure their full participation in the justice process. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn how to make changes in your state! Register here