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This conference was co-sponsored by the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies and the National Center for Victims of Crime,  who convened a planning committee comprised of representatives from the following organizations:

The National Professional Training Conference on Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities was held September 30, 2009 - October 2, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, Denver, Colorado. The conference served to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of providers to better serve people with disabilities who are victims of crime, abuse, and neglect. In order to facilitate partnerships among the fields of victim assistance, advocacy for persons with disabilities, and allied professions conference workshop presentation material is made available below.

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September 30, 2009 Wednesday
Foundations Workshop  
Identifying and Working with Survivors with Mental Illness



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Molly Freyer, LMSW, Assistant Director of Barrier Free Living, Inc., Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program, New York, NY
The Importance of Including Self-Advocates





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Anne Fracht, Self-Advocate, Disabled Persons Protection Commission, Quincy, MA, & Ed Bielecki, Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, Plymouth, MA
Building Bridges: A Survivor's Story

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Katherine Brouillette & James Meadours, SafePlace, Austin, TX
Accessing the Criminal Justice System

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Katie Bridgewater, Davis Innovations, Inc., Santa Fe, NM
Perceptions of Crime and Abuse of Persons with Disabilities

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Dan L. Petersen, PhD, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Recognizing the Vulnerability Trail for People with Developmental Disabilities

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Jean Solis, The Arc of Aurora, Aurora, CO
Working with Deaf Victims




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Ami Garry & Kim Parra, DOVE: Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Women and Children, Denver, CO
Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Sexuality: Understanding the Link




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Karla Vierthaler, Pennsylvannia Coalition against Rape, Enola, PA & Beverly Frantz, Temple Univeristy Institute on Disabilities, Philadelphia, PA
Criminal Victmization of Persons Who Are Deaf: An Empirical Study

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Lauren M. Barrow, PhD, Kaplan University
Individual Responses  
Working with Victims of Crime Experiencing Mental Illness or Psychiatric Disabilities

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Carole Warshaw, MD, & Terri Pease, PhD, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, Chicago, IL
Tools to Teach Persons with Disabilities to Recognize, Report and Respond to Abuse

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Colleen Ryan, Anne Fracht, Marilee Kenney Hunt, & Ed Bielecki, Disabled Persons Protection Commission, Quincy, MA
The Developmental Disability System: Effective Collaborations to Support Crime Victims



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Shari Repinski, Colorado Department of Human Services-Division for Developmental Disabilities, & Liz Fuselier, The Legal Center
The ABC of Autism: Abuse, Behavior, and Communication

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Scott J. Modell, PhD, California State University, Sacramento, CA
Shattering the Pervasive Illusion: People with Developmental Disabilities and Crime Victimization

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Darla J. Stuart & Jean N. Solis, MA, The Arc of Aurora, Aurora, CO
Recognizing the Forensic Needs of Survivors with Disabilities

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Nora J. Baladerian, PhD, Ecoee Rooney, & Janean Fossum, Counseling Center, Los Angeles, CA
Understanding the Advocate's Role in Providing Services to Persons with Mental Illness

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Lori Adkins, Serenity Inc., Mountain Home, AR
Risk for Sexual Abuse in Children with Disabilities: Research and Practical Strategies

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Beth Reiman, Westchester Institute for Human Development, Children's Advocacy Center, Valhalla, NY
Invisible Victims, Unreachable Justice: The Challenges of Assisting Crime Victims with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

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Kathy Tavenner Mitchell, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Washington, DC & Leigh Ann Davis, Arc of the United States, Sliver Spring, MD
October 1, 2009 Thursday
Systems and Community Responses  
Forensic Interviewing of Crime Victims with Disabilities




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Nora J. Baladerian, PhD, Disability, Abuse & Personal Rights Project of SPECTRUM INSTITUTE, Los Angeles, CA
Nuts and Bolts: Massachusetts Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities




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Elizabeth Dunphy Farris, Lucia Zuniga, Disabled Persons Protection Commission & Dennis Griffin, Department of Mental Health, MA, & Trooper Tim Grant, Quincy, MA
Serving Victims of Crime with Autism - A Collaborative Community Approach

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Andrew & Carolyn Gammicchia, L.E.A.N. On Us, Shelby Township, MI
What Did You Say? Do You Know What She Said? The Importance of Effective Communication within the Criminal Justice and Victim Services Systems

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Beverly L. Frantz, EdD & Amy Goldman, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
NCIL Task Force on Violence and Abuse: A National Response (Part 1)

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Roberta Sick, Arkansas University's Center on Excellence on Disabilities
Understanding the Complexities of Determining Consent and Using Interview Instruments and Assessment Tools

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Darla J. Stuart, The Arc of Aurora, Aurora, CO
Ensuring Legal and Victims' Rights for Victims with Disabilities





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Mario Gaboury, JD, PhD, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, & Bernadette Muscat, PhD, University of California, Fresno, CA
Never Court Disaster: Navigating the Legal System for Victims and Witnesses with Disabilities

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Bob Laurino, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Facilitating the Full Participation of Individuals with Disabilities in Evaluation, Survey, Research, and Needs Assessments

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Franz Freibert, PhD & Jessica Jensen, Davis Innovations, Santa Fe, NM
Accessibility and Technology




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Beverly Frantz, EdD & Amy Goldman, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
NCIL Task Force on Violence and Abuse: Centers for Independent Living: Lessons from the Field (Part 2)

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Roberta Sick, Arkansas University's Center on Excellence on Disabilities
Perpetrator or Victim -- or Both


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Martha Tollefson, North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project, Fargo, ND
Cross-Training: To Whom, about What, and Why

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Martha Lamb, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, Raleigh, NC
Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Response to Survivors with Disabilities

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Sarah McCoy-Harms, MA, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Kansas City, MO
Our Community, Our Response: A Panel Discussion














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Katherine Brouillette, SafePlace, Austin, TX, Sterling Harris, Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Duluth, MN, Lois Galgay-Reckitt & Captain Vern Malloch, Family Crisis Services, Portland, ME, Stephanie Bowman & Maytal Russ, Sexual Assault Network of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH
October 2, 2009 Friday
Innovative Collaboration Efforts  
Massachusetts Building Partnerships for the Protection of Person with Disabilities

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Elizabeth Scheibel & Nancy A. Alterio, Disabled Persons Protection Commission, Quincy, MA
Vulnerable Adult Assessment Tool





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Karla Zimmerman, LSW, Friendship, Inc., Fargo, ND & Martha Tollefson, North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project, Fargo, ND
Finding Common Ground: Establishing Collaborative Relationships with Disability and Victim Service Providers

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Marcie Davis, Davis Innovations, Inc., Santa Fe, NM
Crime Reporting Experiences: Qualitative Findings from Discussion Groups of Victims with Disabilities and Law Enforcement Personnel

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Mary Oschwald, PhD, The Regional Research Institute, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Disability Awareness Workgroup - "small town-growing awareness"



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Barbara Telthorster, Heather Telthoster, Tom Bianco, Lou-Ann Williams, Sheriff Richard Fyock, & Jim Kuemmerle, The Arc of Indiana, Indiana, PA
Collaboration among the Hearing Community and Deaf Community: Breaking Rules

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Graciela Laguna & Alicia Mascarenas, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Deaf Unity, Madison, WI
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Katherine Brouillette, SafePlace, Austin, TX & Nancy Alterio, Disabled Persons Protection Commission, Quincy, MA
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Michael Rand, Chief, Victimization Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, DC; Erika Harrell, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, DC


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