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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:
email: Jennifer.Edwards-Hawkins@state.ma.us
phone: 617-727-6465 x211