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We are excited to share a new part of our work. We are making videos about sexual assault prevention and recovery. Our videos are made by and for people with IDD who are survivors or just want to learn about staying safe. Listen to our team co-leader, James Meadours, talk about why this work is so important.
This is just a preview, but we’ll be posting more videos in the near future. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out:
People with IDD are at a far greater risk of sexual assault than others. We hope our work will help those in the field begin to make a difference. Check out this and other publications on our new Find Resources page.
We are proud to share a new white paper. It describes the needs of people who communicate without speech. Their needs are different for sexual assault prevention and response. Many therapists want to work with people who communicate without speech. They may not know how. We hope this paper will help.
– It is hard to know when people who communicate without speech have been assaulted. The people around them must watch for signs. – Behavior might change. The person might avoid others. They might have new fears. – Sometimes these behaviors are misunderstood. People might miss the real cause. – Supporting people who communicate without speech is hard. – Therapists must help the person trust them. They must believe the person. – Therapies must be person-centered. Some that might work well are art therapies and EMDR.
We hope this white paper will help therapists work better with clients who communicate without speech. Please share this information!
Our team will be holding listening sessions to learn more about important issues and concerns related to sexual assault of people with IDD. What we learn will help us develop resources and tools to prevent sexual assault and to support people if it does happen to them. We’ll have five groups:
People with IDD (who identify as survivors of sexual assault)
People with IDD (who do not identify as survivors)
First responders including law enforcement (who have CIT or Pathways to Justice training), EMS, and emergency room nurses with experience working with people with IDD
Service coordinators (e.g., LIDDA, ARC, SSLC, Day Hab, etc.)
Each group will have four people. They will meet two times over Zoom for 1.5 hours each time. Participants will receive $75/session. The first session will be in late June/early July. The second session will be in August.
We want diversity within these groups, including people with differing races and ethnicities, languages, disabilities, gender, gender identification, and sexual orientation.
All participants must be at least 18 years old and willing to discuss these sometimes-difficult topics. We are working with SAFE Austin to ensure all participants have control and choice within the sessions. We will also include a therapist with trauma-informed training in the sessions.
If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, please contact Alisa Miller no later than May 21. Let her know in which one of the five groups you want to join. Alisa will follow up to get more information.