Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Participate in a national survey on abuse of persons with disabilities

The National Survey on Abuse of People with Disabilities was released on May 1, 2012.  In just over two weeks, 2,300 people have taken the survey.


To Take the Survey Now


The purpose of the survey is to seek input from the public, especially from persons with disabilities or those who interact with them, such as family members, caregivers, service providers, and advocates. Our intention is not to create a scientific research project, but rather a robust survey, the results of which may be used for research, education, and advocacy.


The survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete, gathers information about actual incidents of abuse as well as attitudes regarding the adequacy and effectiveness, or not, of official responses to such victimization.


The results will be shared with those who shape public policy and fund abuse-response programs (legislators), those who investigate and prosecute complaints of abuse (law enforcement), those who promote more effective protection and response systems (nonprofit advocacy groups), and most importantly, people with disabilities and their families.


After you take the survey, please forward it to your friends, family members, and colleagues.  Mention it in your newsletter.  Share it with your groups or listserv.

The Disability and Abuse Project focuses on physical,

sexual, and emotional abuse of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.


Our mission is to identify ways to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims, and to seek justice for those who have been victimized.


The areas in which we take action include: public awareness, education and training, policy development, law enforcement, and professional consulting.


More info here.

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