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The Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference was held on December 13-15, 2011, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The conference served to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of providers to effectively serve people with disabilities who are victims of crime. The conference facilitated partnerships among the fields of victim assistance, advocacy for persons with disabilities, and all allied professions (e.g., adult and child protective service workers, faith-based practitioners, medical practitioners/forensic examiners, mental health practitioners, educators). 


The conference, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, was organized by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Sheriffs' Association, the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Davis Innovations, Inc., and Sharon D'Eusanio.

Conference Materials

This Conference featured 52 workshops and five general sessions on a variety of issues designed to improve our national response to victims with disabilities. Most speakers submitted electronic copies of their presentations, and those are posted below.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FOUNDATIONS
Cultural Accessibility: Considerations for Serving Victims who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Keri Darling
Beyond Labels: Ensuring Access to Crime Victims with Mental Illness Symptoms
Cema Mastroleo
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES
Law Enforcement Training on Effective Communication with People who are Deaf and Individuals with Disabilities
Marilyn Hammond, Stephanie Mathis, Nonie Lancaster and Debbie Dilley
Forensic Interviewing
Nora Baladerian and Lori Brown
SYSTEMS AND COMMUNITY RESPONSES
Lessons in Accountability: The Case of Danieal Kelly
Ed McCann
You've Changed, Now What About Everyone Else? Changing the System for Improved Response
Vernie Bruehler, Teresa Tudor and Shirley Paceley
Building Collaborative Partnerships
Marcie Davis
What You Need To Know: Responding To American Indian/Alaskan Native Crime Victims With Disabilities
Gayle Thom and Stanley Pryor
Investigating Abuse, Neglect & Crimes against Persons with Disabilities who are Incarcerate
David Viens and Lisa Washington-Brown
INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS
Collaborating and Training Across the Spectrum: To Effectively Respond to Abuse Committed against Persons with Disabilities using a Multidisciplinary Approach
Jennifer Edwards-Hawkins, Nancy Alterio and Elizabeth Scheibel
 When Worlds Collide: Co-Locating Victim Assistance in a Center for Independent Living
Brandy Macaluso and Sharon D'Eusanio
  • CSR Demographics Personal Information - PDF
  • Brochure: Florida Crime Victim Compensation Program - PDF
The CIT Launchpad: Fostering a Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities
Andrew Aninsman, Sharon Curan, Carol Meholic, Nicole Wolf and Steve Kinsdorf
VOICES FROM PRACTICE AND POLICY
Awareness and Action Educating Persons with Disabilities on Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Abuse
Tamara Huntley and Karen Mowry
Illinois Imagines: Collaboration in Action, Focus on Results
Teresa Tudor, Julie Boland and Mary Suggs
Community Disability Awareness Workgroup: Working to Make It a Wonderful Life for Everyone
Barbara Telthorster, Thomas Bianco, Robert Fyock, Heather Telthorster and Lou Ann Williams
RESOURCES AND TEAM BUILDING
Tools, Terms and Tips for Successful Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Lisa DeGeeter and Mary Kay Banville
Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance: A Resource to Effect Change
Tom Underwood, Bernadette MsCatt and Dan Petersen
How to Conduct an Accessible Meeting
Marcie Davis and Katie Bridgewater
INDIVIDUAL, SYSTEMS, AND COLLABORATIONS
An Empowerment Model for Victims with Disabilities
Paul Feuerstein and Theresa McIntosh
Partnering on Safety: Addressing the Safety Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors who have Disabilities
Myra Richard, LCSW and Katie Webb, LMS

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

FOUNDATIONS
Autism and Sexual Assault: the Hidden Life on the Spectrum
Nora J. Baladerian, Carolyn and Andrew Gammicchia
The Victimization and the Strength of People with Disabilities
Sheila Radziewicz
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES
Communication and Behavior: Its Impact on Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities
Scott Modell
Advocating for Crime Victims with Disabilities From Crime Scene to Sentencing Parts                                 
Linda Fridell Paul
SYSTEMS AND COMMUNITY RESPONSES
Building Collaborative Partnerships
Marcie Davis

SANE: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners & Victims with Developmental Disabilities
Nora Baladerian, Ecoee Rooney and Janean Fossum

Multidisciplinary Team Work: SANEs and Law Enforcement
Nora Baladerian, Ecoee Rooney and Janean Fossum
Project Shield - Criminal Justice and Community Response to Sexual Assault
Sara Lynn Vehling, Bobra Fyne, LCSW and Olatokunbo Olaniyan
INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS
Exploring Justice Innovations
Martha Lamb, Lorraine Snyder and Pam Dickens
Step by Step: Investigating Sexual Assaults against Person with Disabilities
Timothy Grant, Mary Walz-Watson and Michael Bogosia
VOICES FROM PRACTICE AND POLICY
When Victim Advocacy Meets Self-Advocacy: People with Intellectual Disabilities Find Their Voice
Leigh Ann Davis
Deaf Survivors of Sexual Violence, DV, and CyberStalking
Stephanie Smith Bowman, CC Dobronyi, David Fox and Jeremy Stokes
INDIVIDUAL, SYSTEMS, AND COLLABORATIONS
Improving Attitudes with Action: Moving Beyond the Myths About People with Disabilities
Shirley Paceley and Mary Suggs


Thursday, December 15, 2011

SYSTEMS AND COMMUNITY RESPONSES
Civil Justice for Crime Victims with Disabilities
Jeff Dion and Marty Cirkiel
  • Brochure: Civil Justice for Victims of Crime - PDF | Plain Text
INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS
What? Please Repeat That: The Importance and Consequences of Non-Typical Communication in the Criminal Justice System
Beverly Frantz, Sian Schafle and Amy Goldman
VOICES FROM PRACTICE AND POLICY
Building Deaf Allied Services: Vera House and the Syracuse Deaf Community
Jennifer Shaw and Lindsay Ryan Anthony