NCCJD provided the format to make connections and create working relationships with criminal justice professionals and disability advocates. Building our Disability Response Team out of these connections has allowed us to begin identifying and filling the gaps in our criminal justice system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. - The Arc of Spokane
“Thank you” seems so little compared to the help The Arc and NCCJD have provided. You have cared about my son, taken the time to help him, and been a part of redeeming him from a frightening situation he was unable to fully comprehend––a situation his lawyer and the court liaison both stated could be life-threatening to him, given his physical and mental challenges.
As a young lawyer interested in disability rights work, I’ve found NCCJD’s resources extremely helpful in learning about how individuals with I/DD interact with the criminal justice system. Their work is necessary and invaluable in ensuring that these individuals are treated with fairness and dignity
- Fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project
NCCJD's responsive and knowledgeable staff helped refer me to the resources and information I needed to better understand the unique aspects in my representation of my I/DD client, and those resources ultimately aided me in better representing my client - Genevieve J. Miller, Assistant Public Defender
I have worked for over 40 years with people with disabilities who experience abuse and violent crimes, and I’ve learned we can’t do this work alone. NCCJD has created a central place for tools, resources, training, and expertise. Where there was frustration and a feeling of hopelessness, there is now hope. Thank you NCCJD! - Shirley Paceley, Director, Blue Tower Training
I have been a law enforcement officer for 23 years, and the parent of a special needs child. I enjoyed this training. I felt that the instructors were very knowledgeable and showed their expertise in this area. I will be encouraging other detectives from my agency to attend this in the future. Thank you. – Pathways to Justice™ Participant from New Jersey