An Interdisciplinary Video Teleconference
October 25, 2012
9:00AM TO 4:00PM
About the Training
This one-day video teleconference training is offered by the Partnership for People with Disabilities in response to these realities:
- Children with disabilities are at increased risk for all types of abuse and neglect.
- Abuse and neglect of children with disabilities occur more often in out-of-family settings.
- It can be more difficult to recognize abuse and neglect of children with disabilities.
- Many professionals are unaware of specific risk factors and indicators of abuse and neglect for children with disabilities.
- Many professionals are unfamiliar with communication needs of children with disabilities.
- Children with disabilities experience a “cascade of injustices” following abuse and neglect, in which their reports are not believed, not investigated, or not prosecuted.
- Children with disabilities may not receive adequate treatment for the effects of abuse and neglect.
This video teleconference includes videotaped presentations by a team of expert trainers, including an educator, a law enforcement officer, a child protective services specialist, and a parent of a child with disabilities.
At each site, trainers facilitate multidisciplinary groups who are linked to other training sites. Participants collaborate with the trainers to model interdisciplinary collaboration and discuss ways to improve the local collaborative response to abuse and neglect of children with disabilities.
This training is appropriate for families of children with disabilities and the professionals who support them including those working in/as:
- Child Protective Services
- Law enforcement
- Foster care
- Children’s Advocacy Centers
- CASA programs
- Community Services Boards
- Multidisciplinary Teams
- Guardians ad litem
Questions addressed in the training:
- How widespread is the problem of abuse and neglect of children with disabilities?
- What is the relationship between abuse and disability?
- Why are children with disabilities at greater risk for abuse and neglect?
- Why is it more difficult to recognize abuse and neglect of children with disabilities?
- What are some specific signs and indicators of abuse and neglect of children with disabilities?
- What are the roles of parents of children with disabilities and professionals in identification and reporting of abuse and neglect of children with disabilities?
- How can professionals and parents of children with disabilities collaborate to prevent abuse and neglect, and improve the outcomes for children with disabilities who experience abuse and neglect?