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Supporting Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Supporting Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

25jul10:00 am11:30 pmSupporting Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities10:00 am - 11:30 pm(GMT-06:00)

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By attending this webinar attendees will leave with a better understanding of supporting and interacting with sexual assault survivors who have developmental disabilities. Attendees will gain a stronger comprehension of people with developmental disabilities, including the victimization and disability bias they face, and the accommodations they require. Additionally, the webinar will provide insights into the Colorado developmental disability system and resources available to help advocates and community members better connect survivors to developmental disabilities supports and services in your area.


Krystal Dawson has worked in many different non-profit roles throughout the years before joining The Arc of Aurora as the Community Outreach & THINK+change Coordinator. Krystal grew up in the disability community, with a mom who is a long-time Direct Support Professional. They are educated in and spent several years working in the live entertainment technical field, and later transitioned to the disability field, having found a passion for making the world a more accessible and accepting place for all people. They enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and accidentally saying hello to dogs before acknowledging the human that is with them.

Erica Dennison, the Programs Director at The Arc of Aurora, has dedicated 20 years to the disability field, drawing motivation from her brother with a developmental disability. Her experience includes working in different programs, ranging from direct services and case management to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Via THINK+change, the training and education social enterprise of The Arc of Aurora under her leadership, Erica and her team create unique educational products using innovative technology, making them accessible to everyone. Alongside her passion for work, Erica enjoys volunteering, studying, and performing with a Brazilian Dance School, as well as appreciating moments with her family and two rescue dogs.

This training was supported by Grant No. 2020-WF-AX-0043, 15JOVW-21-GG-00555-STOP, and 15JOVW-22-GG-00412-STOP awarded by the state administering office for the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice’s STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this training are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice. 



25th July 2023 10:00 am - 11:30 pm(GMT-06:00)