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A Tribute to Amy Judy

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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

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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

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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 »



Hospitality and Disability: A new initiative from the ADA National Network

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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 »


Deaf Mississippi Couple Attacked; Self-defense Class Set

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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 »


No Longer Silent: Violence Against Persons with Disabilities is an Issue of Global Human Rights

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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 »


Stop Street Harassment Launches National Hotline

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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 »



Announcing a Summer Technology Webinar Mini-Series

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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 »