Equal Access to Safety is a collaboration between the YWCA of Western Massachusetts and Goodwill Industries of Pioneer Valley. The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is the oldest and largest membership organization for women in the region and one of the oldest YWCA’s in the country. Goodwill Industries of Pioneer Valley is one the largest providers of rehabilitation services in the region, providing vocational rehabilitation services, residential and family support services, a day service option for adults with developmental disabilities, and a full range of workforce development services designed to help individuals access barrier-free employment. These two organizations came together with the vision of creating an inclusive services delivery system that provides a safe, accessible, and respectful environment for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors.
Our Unique Contribution
Equal Access to Safety Initiative developed a cross-training curriculum for agency staff on providing trauma-informed services, in order for the agencies to be able to provide a more open and accessible service environment for all, including individuals with disabilities. They also created a safety plan that integrated common concerns and barriers faced by people with disabilities.