Darla Stuart, Executive Director, The Arc of Aurora
Kristin Lance, MPH, Advocate, The Arc of Aurora
According to the U. S. Census Bureau’s American with Disabilities: 2010 report issued in July, 2012, of the 56.7 million noninstitutionalized Americans who live with a disability, approximately 1.2 million adults had an intellectual disability, and some 944,000 adults had other developmental disabilities including autism and cerebral palsy. While they may comprise only 1-1.5% of the population via these numbers, people with developmental disabilities experience a staggeringly high rate of violence: Research has found that as many as 83% of women with developmental disabilities have been sexually abused (Hard, 1986) and that much of this abuse is chronic or severe (Sobsey, 1994). However, research also shows that prosecutors report less than 1% of their sexual violence cases involved victims with autism, intellectual or other developmental disabilities. This webinar will provide participants with basic information on incidence, prevalence and impact of crime victimization and practical tools and resources to support victims with IDD.
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