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AAPD Leadership Award Project- Healthy Sexuality & Sexual Violence Webinars

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Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Experience Sexual Violence

“People with disabilities experience domestic and sexual violence at alarming rates. Yet they are less likely to receive services, supports, and justice than their counterparts without disabilities receive.”   (Forging New Collaborations, A Guide for Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence, and Disability Organizations, VERA Institute on Justice, April 2011)

People with disabilities experience sexual violence more than 3 times higher than people without disabilities. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 2017)

People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities experience sexual violence more than 7 times higher than people without disabilities.(NPR Abused & Betrayed Series, January 2018)

Let’s Mobilize To Do Something About This!

The Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance is excited to collaborate on Project Director Tara Ahern’s AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) 2020 Paul G Hearne Leadership Award to engage survivors with disabilities, rape crisis centers, service providers, professionals and advocates in doing collaborative regional and statewide work aimed at improving services, policies and opportunities for people with disabilities who have experienced sexual violence. 
           
Introduction to Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence 
Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 10 – 11.30am CST
VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING HERE.

Considerations for Rape Crisis Centers and Advocates
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 12noon – 1.30pm CST
VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING HERE.

Considerations for Disability Service Providers and AdvocatesWednesday, November 11, 2020 from 10 – 11.30am CST
VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING HERE.

Considerations for People with Disabilities
Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 10 – 11.30am CST
VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING HERE.

Continuing the Journey of Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 10 – 11.30am CST
Register here.

NOTE
All webinars will be recorded and made available for access on the Alliance’s website.  
ASL and real time captioning will be provided.  
The Alliance has made an application with the Division of Developmental Disabilities to sponsor CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) for the 11.5.2020, 11.10.2020, 11.11.2020, and 12.15.2020 webinars; application is pending at this time.


Additional Learning Opportunities!

Healthy Relationships Talk
Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6 – 7.30pm CST             
Register here
Let’s talk about ableism, and finding as well as building healthy relationships. This workshop will be presented by Sexologist and educator Bianca Laureano, Danielle Boachie from The Network and Activist Carrie Kaufmann.

Art & Trauma Recovery Event                          
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 6 – 7.30pm CST
Register here.
Join Laura Kinter, Executive Director of Awakenings Gallery, whose mission is to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. We will also be joined by survivors who will share their artwork and discuss ways art can aid in trauma recovery. 

Disability & Bisexuality 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 12noon – 1.30pm 
Register here
Facilitated by Dr. Kate Caldwell, this presentation will celebrate the intersection between disability and bisexuality and discuss overlapping experiences of pride, coming out, invisibility and erasure as well as health and mental health disparities that have been found in recent research. Dr. Caldwell will also discuss the impact of intimate partner violence on these communities and where they intersect. 

Healthy Sexuality & Sexual Expression Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 6 – 7.30pm CST
Register here
Panel participants include Robin Wilson-Beattie (she/her) who is a Black disabled sex educator and parent; Advocates TJ Gordon and Brittany King; and Searah Deysach from Early to Bed, a feminist, sex-positive sex shop for everyone located in Chicago, Illinois.

If you have questions, please contact Tara Ahern, The Alliance’s Project Director, at tara.advocacy@gmail.com.   



The Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc. (The Alliance) is proud to be an initiative of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. In partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. This project was supported, in part by grant numbers 19/2001ILSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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