Lt. Governor Polito Attended the First of its Kind Training to Assist Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Recover from Sexual Abuse
“I have been waiting thirty years for this day,” said Patty Quatieri, a survivor of sexual assault and chairperson of Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (“MASS”), an organization which promotes and nurtures self-advocacy for persons with disabilities. Patty, an Arlington Massachusetts native, spoke on Thursday, September 29th about her experience surviving rape and struggling to re-gain her independence.
The Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI) with additional support received by the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Department of Public Health (DPH), Riverside Community Care (RCC), Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS), Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Rights Law Center, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), Jane Doe, Office of the Attorney General Victim Compensation and Assistance Division, and other stakeholders came together to plan a series of four regional trainings. The multidisciplinary training is designed to enhance and build relationships to improve access to trauma informed services for sexual assault survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Awareness & Action
The Awareness and Action curriculum was developed by persons with disabilities in partnership with the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI). The curriculum, film and accompanying materials were created to educate persons with disabilities and others about the difficult subject matter of abuse committed against persons with disabilities.
The Awareness & Action curriculum, taught by persons with disabilities and others, introduces the abuse of persons with disabilities through five powerful video vignettes, a PowerPoint slide presentation, group activities, skits and worksheets. The comprehensive three-hour training closely examines how to recognize, report and respond to five different types of abuse — physical, sexual, neglect, verbal and financial. At the end of the three-hour training, participants take home reporting and learning materials which include a backpack, state and local resources and more. An Awareness & Action DVD of Abuse Stories and participant workbook are also provided to agencies and individuals interested in follow-up training.
The Awareness & Action training is intended for persons with disabilities, support staff, family members, social service agencies working with people with disabilities, health care professionals, educators and other professionals
For more information or to schedule training, please contact Jennifer Edwards-Hawkins:
phone: 617-727-6465 x211