COVA Sunday Skill Building Session — NO CHARGE!
Jean N. Solis, The Arc of Aurora, Aurora, Colorado
Darla Stuart, The Arc of Aurora, Aurora, Colorado
Sgt. Damon Vaz, Aurora Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU), Aurora, Colorado
On July 1, 2016, mandatory reporting of mistreatment of at-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Colorado went into effect. The ultimate implication of this law’s impact is and will be justice system professionals encountering more victims with IDD. How prevalent is the victimization of people with IDD? Consider:
According to the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Crime Against Persons with Disabilities 2009-2013 – Statistical Tables, the rate of violent victimization against persons with disabilities is 36/1,000people with disabilities as compared to a rate of 13.7/1,000 people without disabilities. These same data show that persons with a cognitive disability had the highest rates of overall violent crime (66.8/1,000); serious violent crime (25.1/1,000); and simple assault (41.6/1000).
Are you prepared? Do you, for instance, know who provides government-funded services and supports to people with IDD, how that government-funded system is structured, what services and supports that system provides, and which organizations might also assist with victim with IDD support and how? If not, no problem! The Arc of Aurora, through its training and education social enterprise THINK+change and with grant support from the Aurora Victim Witness Advisory Board, is prepared to offer victim advocates a half-day Sunday Skill Building Session at no cost to attendees, Navigating the Disability System for and with Victims with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).