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Thursday, December 14 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Healthy Relationships and Abuse Prevention for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities LIMITED

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Healthy relationship education is a widely accepted primary intervention for preventing abuse (Foshee et al., 2004; Wolfe et al., 2009). For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), it is particularly significant due to their much higher risk for experiencing abuse than those without disabilities (e.g., Brownridge, 2006; Cohen, Forte, Du Mont, Hyman, & Romans, 2006; Coker, Smith, & Fadden, 2005; Sedlak et al., 2010; Sobsey, 1994; VanCleave & Davis, 2006; ). This session will review the Leadership for Empowerment and Abuse Prevention (LEAP) curriculum created by the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University in collaboration with people with I/DD. The key components of the curriculum, the training model implemented, and the evaluation tools developed will be discussed in the presentation. LEAP is a four module training series that teaches people with IDD about abuse prevention. The LEAP curriculum involved people with IDD from its creation to its training implementation. Over 500 people with IDD have been trained in Virginia. Video-based evaluation tools have been developed and implemented to evaluate the curriculum. Virginia's DD agency is interested in integrating LEAP in the service delivery system. Abuse prevention strategies for individuals with IDD includes access to education and training so that individuals feel equipped with the knowledge to make healthy decisions. Providing healthy relationship training for people with IDD is an essential tool to allow their voices to be heard. Providing evidence to evaluate if the training curriculum was effectively communicated and understood by participants is essential to empowering people with IDD to foster healthy relationships in the community. Abuse prevention and relationship education curriculum should meet the needs of people with IDD to provide them with the best possible tools to become self-advocates in their relationships and communities.

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Jack Brandt

Disability Policy Specialist, Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU
Jack Brandt is the Disability Policy Specialist for the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, a position he has held since 2010. Mr. Brandt was a Disability Rights Advocate at the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy from 2008 to 2010... Read More →

Allison D'Aguilar

Graduate Student, VCU
I am a trainer for the Leadership and Empowerment for Abuse Prevention project. LEAP provides training to people with disabilities, by people with disabilities on healthy relationships and abuse prevention.
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Donna Gilles

Associate Professor/Exec. Director, Virginia Commonwealth University/ Partnership for People with Disabilities

Thursday December 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
L504 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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