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Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities: A Collaborative Response


The Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities training project began in 1997 with federal funding to develop a model demonstration curriculum for educators, parents, child protective services, and law enforcement. From 1998 through 2005 the course was offered as a 2-day training throughout Virginia with the sponsorship of a collaborative group including:

  • the Virginia Department of Education, and local school divisions
  • the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • the Virginia Department of Social Services
  • VISSTA (Virginia Institute for Social Services Training Activities)
  • the Partnership for People with Disabilities

In 2006 the curriculum was revised as a one-day training based on the results of follow-up and needs assessment studies. The revised course was offered 10 times in ‘06-‘07, and 4 times in ‘07-‘08 and ‘08-‘09.  Nearly 2000 professionals and parents of children with disabilities have participated in this training in Virginia since 1998

Major Activities

This project offers interdisciplinary training on specific risk factors for, and indicators of, abuse and neglect of children with disabilities.  It promotes collaboration by local professionals and parent advocates for children with disabilities, to protect these highly vulnerable children.  Teams of expert trainers from law enforcement, child protective services, education, and parent advocates model interdisciplinary collaboration and best practice. The target audience for the training includes law enforcement, child protective services and foster care, educators, and parent advocates, as well as other professionals serving children with disabilities.  This could also include mental health, CASA, victim witness, court services, and recreation services professionals. Continuing Education Units and Partial Inservice Credit for Law Enforcement are available.

For the 2011-2012 project year, the training will be offered via video teleconference from the following local sites in Virginia:

March 22, 2011

  • Fairfax (GMU)
  • Norfolk (NSU)
  • Richmond (VCU)
  • Danville (Site TBD)

April 11, 2011

  • Fairfax (GMU)
  • Norfolk (ODU)
  • Richmond (VCU)
  • Abingdon (CPS Regional Office)

May 12, 2011

  • Fairfax (GMU)
  • Norfolk (ODU)
  • Richmond (VCU)
  • Fishersville (WWRC)

Mail-in Registration Form

For more information or to register for the video teleconference, contact:

Peggy O’Neill
Abuse and Disabilities Project Director
Partnership for People with Disabilities
P.O. Box 843020
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
Phone:  804-827-8770
FAX:  804-828-0042

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PO Box 843020, Richmond, Virginia 23284
(804) 828-3876
Date Last Modified: September 7, 2006
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