B-05 - Protecting Children and Families with Disabilities (Part I of II)   Advanced

  Disability Accomodations   Mental Health   Medical/Forensic Interviewing   Diversity

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, the violent crime rate against persons with disabilities is double the rate for persons without disabilities (age 12 or older). In general, people of all ages with disabilities are at increased risk of abuse, and yet they often face the most significant barriers to reporting and accessing protective services. This training from Disability Rights Washington and self-advocates with disabilities would provide practitioners and professionals in the child welfare system with an introductory overview of considerations and practice tips for assisting children and families with disabilities. The training would include a discussion about the social factors that increase risk of victimization for people with disabilities, a background on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as applied to law enforcement and child welfare systems, as well as practical strategies for ensuring effective communication with individuals with disabilities needing protective and preventative services.

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will gain insights about how the concept of disability has evolved over the last two centuries into the modern legal definitions used today in child and family service delivery systems.
2. Attendees will expand their understandings of how social factors continue to place children and families with disabilities at increased risk of violent victimization.
3. Attendees will be able to identify personal biases or misunderstandings about disability that may serve as barriers to providing more effective strategies to reduce victimization.
4. Attendees will advance their knowledge of the how the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protect children and families with disabilities from discrimination and unequal access to public services.
5. Attendees will obtain ideas for modifying policies and practices as reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access and benefits for children and families with disabilities.
6. Attendees will become more sensitive to “hidden disabilities” and how to employ universal strategies for avoiding inadvertent alienation or discrimination on the basis of disability.
7. Attendees will access practice tips for using forensic social workers and other experts when working with parties with disabilities in the dependency (court) system and ethical issues that arise when working and communicating with clients with diminished capacity.
8. Attendees will acquire increased communication skills with children and families with communication and cognitive disabilities.