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A Tribute to Amy Judy

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 »

A Tribute to Hal Schultz

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 »

SAFE Alliance (SAFE) Celebrates 20 Years of Disability Services

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 »

Deaf Mississippi Couple Attacked; Self-defense Class Set

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 »

Announcing a Summer Technology Webinar Mini-Series

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 »

“Who Can Save Me?” – Domestic Violence and Disability

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.