Vera mourns the loss of Amy Judy, a senior program associate in our Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS), who passed away this past weekend. Amy had been at Vera for almost two years, but has been a part of the Vera family for well over 15 years, lending her expertise to shape CVS’s work… Read more »
In January, we lost a dedicated self-advocate in Hal Schultz . We will remember the great work he was a part of with the Self-Advocate Coalition of Kansas as a leader in this field who was able to demonstrate survivor-centered approaches in all that he did. Please see the touching tribute below the collaboration Kansas BELIEVE has… Read more »
In the mid-1990s, a staff member from The University of Texas at Austin who knew about the high rates of sexual abuse against people with disabilities teamed with the Austin Rape Crisis Center to conduct a community survey. Responders to the survey identified the need for two primary services: accessible counseling and personal safety education… Read more »
In an August issue of The Charlotte Observer, the newspaper reported on an incident in which a State Highway Patrol trooper shot an killed a Deaf man using sign language. The article highlights the issues that arise from language barriers, and from the lack of training and knowledge about Deaf culture, found in many law… Read more »
The Clarion-Ledger highlights the response of one nationally known self defense instructor, after a Deaf couple was attacked in their home in Mississippi. Angela Maria Nardolillo, a California based instructor who is also fluent in American Sign Language, will be offering self defense classes for the Deaf community in the community surrounding Madison, Mississippi. The… Read more »
Judith E. Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State, highlights the issue of violence against people with disabilities as a global issue in an article highlighted in the Huffington Post. In the article she discusses a report by he European Parliament that shows that women with disabilities are four times more… Read more »
Join the American Bar Associations (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging, Commission, on Disability Rights, Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, and their Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law for a webinar on June 28, 2016 to introduce their new PRACTICAL tool. This tool was created to help lawyers identify and consider… Read more »
Join the Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS) for a summer mini-webinar series focused on technology, safety, and survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. During the months of June and July, CVS will be hosting three webinars focusing on social media, technology (including assistive technologies) and safety. June 14, 2016 Engaging People with Disabilities Through… Read more »
An article in International Business Times highlights the struggle of Deaf survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to access help from law enforcement, and the new Translating Justice Initiative, that addresses this issue, announced last week by the Vera Institute of Justice. Read the full article on the International Business Times website.
To mark International Women’s Day, Shantha Rau Barriga Director of Disability Rights at Human Rights Watch, draws attention to the need for services and justice for survivors with disabilities that are informed by survivors with disabilities. Read the full blog post on the Human Rights Watch website.