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2020 NAPSA Conference – COMING SOON
The first-ever meeting to develop a national vision and plan to address sexual violence against persons with disabilities took place on August 19, 2019.
Called the ‘Convening,’ the event provided an important, first-time opportunity for self-advocates to collaborate with partners to aggressively address sexual violence committed against adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The meeting was held as a pre-Conference event at the NAPSA Annual Conference in Denver, CO, and was made possible through sponsor Building Partnerships Initiative
The meeting was organized by self-advocates and other professional services partners from many organizations across the country, including:
- Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities (BPI)
- California Board Resource Center (BRC)
- Massachusetts Adult Protective Services (APS)
- Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC)
- National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
The meeting included presentations by self-advocates and other professionals. Round table discussions also took place. Some key themes were raised:
- Self-advocate (peer) leaders must be at the forefront of making solutions – solutions that work for them and their peers
- Right now, there are big gaps in local, state and federal systems that prevent persons with disabilities who are victims of sexual violence to receive appropriate trauma-informed services
- More must be done to raise awareness, educate and train people and agencies about trauma-informed care: what it is, how to provide and get it
- In order to effectively support persons with disabilities who survive sexual violence, it is necessary that local, municipal, state, non-profit and for-profit organizations work closely together (collaborate) to understand, design and provide appropriate care and support for survivors
For further information about the 2019 Convening, please contact [email protected].