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 ADA National Network has launched a new initiative to promote accessibility and opportunity for people with disabilities in the hospitality industry. This new online resource speaks to the hospitality industry about creating access for people with disabilities, providing trainings and resources about how to be welcoming to guest with disabilities. The website also provides… 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 »
In July 2016, as a partnership with Defend Yourself and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the organization Stop Street Harassment launched the first ever National Street Harassment Hotline. Gender-based street harassment affects at least 65% of women and 25% of men in the United States. This new hotline is meant for anyone who… 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.