” Learning to Protest: 5 Considerations for AAC Intervention.” Carol Zangaris tips for putting AAC to work empowering its users to assert for themselves.
” Once you understand that statistic, you cant unknow it. And you have to do something. As soon as we all know this, well do a better task of acknowledging signs of abuse and a much better task of keeping individuals safe. Its shocking. Individuals with I/DD are harmed by people they know and trust. The seven times figure is just based upon reported crimes.”
Katie Hanley, former Senior Director, Oak Hill Centers (in an interview with AT3 Center News and Tips last March).
Growing Up, The Life CycleWomens HealthMens Health.
Three: PrAACticalAAC Blog Post.
” Predators target people with intellectual specials needs since they understand they are easily controlled and will have trouble testifying later on. These crimes go mostly unacknowledged, unprosecuted and unpunished. And the abuser is totally free to abuse again.”
A key finding from NPRs Abused and Betrayed investigation series
People with I/DD are not accountable for being seven times more most likely to be sexually mistreated than individuals without specials needs. Environments and conditions that allow abuse to happen must be determined, challenged, and re-imagined in order to avoid violent and exploitive behavior. Abusers should also be determined and experience repercussions.
In action to the work of NPRs investigative reporting, Oak Hill launched a #SevenTimes social networks campaign to assist preserve concentrate on this issue they d started tackling a lots years previously when Lucille Duguay, an Oak Hill social worker, determined the requirement for a curriculum to offer knowledge about bodies, healthy relationships and self-advocacy for females in Oak Hill group houses.
In honor of her work and advocacy, AT3 Center News and Tips is mining Oak Hill and NEAT Center resources (among others) to create AT Tips for #SevenTimes. Each will highlight a suggestion, tool, or idea for enhancing communication and essential knowledge among individuals with I/DD. …
Last spring, as the pandemic was announcing itself, our blog site deserted plans to cover the #SevenTimes effort of Oak Hills Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education in favor of COVID-related content. Ten months later, the pandemic rages on, but so does the sexual abuse of individuals with intellectual and developmental specials needs. Now, AT3 Center News and Tips is launching a brand-new series of shareable pointers and tools for raising and ending this abuse awareness.
Throughout the #MeToo minute of 2018, National Public Radio aired its investigative series Abused and Betrayed and reported on unpublished information they analyzed from the United States Department of Justice. NPR exposed a rate of sexual assault for persons with I/DD that is at least seven times higher than it is for individuals without specials needs.
A Final Thought.
It is not sexual attack awareness month and it does not matter.
State No! To Sex Abuse and Sexual MistakesTen Tips for Healthy RelationshipsAttractions and Safe DatingProtection and Sexual Health.
One: Oak Hills Free Workbooks.
Two: NEAT Centers Recorded Webinar.
Oak Hills free seven-workbook series offers prevention education (not crisis management) and is developed for people ages 18 and older. Each can be continued reading its own, however Oak Hill advises reading them in order and beginning with the Health Series. Check out these free resources that enhance each workbook.
Everyone Deserves A Voice and To Everybody Heard.
Avoiding & & Responding To Sexual Abuse Of People With I/DD (taped November 19, 2020). Brenna Doyle, MA, MS, and Elena Fader, MA, CCC-SLP, Director of AT Services at Oak Hills NEAT Center, supply an introduction to the Positive Choices curriculum and Workbook series in partnership with The Arc Connecticut. They talk about including sign supports to main ideas, how to produce brand-new symbol-supported products for improved understanding, in addition to the important function that alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) plays in supporting this population of people who are susceptible to abuse.
Last spring, as the pandemic was announcing itself, our blog site deserted plans to cover the #SevenTimes effort of Oak Hills Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education in favor of COVID-related material. Duguay went on to found Oak Hills Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education. In honor of her work and advocacy, AT3 Center News and Tips is mining Oak Hill and NEAT Center resources (amongst others) to produce AT Tips for #SevenTimes. Oak Hill emphasizes you do not need to be an expert in anything to get started ending this epidemic of sexual abuse. Brenna Doyle, MA, MS, and Elena Fader, MA, CCC-SLP, Director of AT Services at Oak Hills NEAT Center, offer an intro to the Positive Choices curriculum and Workbook series in collaboration with The Arc Connecticut.
Februarys AT Tip for #SevenTimes.
For this initial #SevenTimes post, we are highlighting 3 resources. Oak Hill stresses you do not require to be an expert in anything to begin ending this epidemic of sexual abuse. (Future AT Tips for #SevenTimes will zero-in on a quick helpful takeaway and link back to this introductory blog site.).
Individuals with intellectual or development impairments (I/DD) are sexually attacked at a rate that is at least seven times greater than for persons without impairments. What can you do about it? A lot (including considering assistive innovation).
People with I/DD need to have access to the understanding they need to identify abuse and a way to speak about it.
When they do not have a method for effective interaction and/or the vocabulary to reveal what is incorrect, adults and children with intricate interaction needs are more susceptible.
Individuals with disabilities are made more susceptible when they dont have an understanding of social cues, and/or understanding about bodies and sexuality.
Everyone is vulnerable to sexual abuse if they do not feel a right to manage their own bodies, a right to pick touches, or if they do not have the skills to self-advocate.
” Most individuals with I/DD mature without knowing how their bodies work, where babies originate from, or what sexual touch is.”.
Oak Hill Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education.
A nationwide spotlight on this concern was a long period of time in coming for Oak Hill, the biggest non-profit disability services firm in Connecticut, and a service provider of assistive innovation services (through the NEAT Center, a partner of the CT Tech Act Project).
Relationship and Safety Series.
Duguay went on to discovered Oak Hills Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education. Now retired, her legacy is remarkable. Duguays curriculum, Positive Choices, has been discovered efficient by scientists at George Mason University, University of Iowa, and Syracuse University and sold in 34 states. In addition, Oak Hill has actually recently modified her series of adult workbooks and made them available as a free download, a remarkable resource (highlighted listed below).