Best Practices for Responding to People with Intellectual and Development (I/DD) Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence – VIRTUAL – June 2023

Best Practices for Responding to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence – Virtual


Audience: Self-advocates, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), disability service providers, healthcare professionals, SANEs, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, mental health professionals, and other professionals who work with victims of sexual assault. 

Sponsored by:


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Course Description:

During this virtual training, participants will learn best practices for responding to and providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have experienced sexual violence. Training participants, such as law enforcement, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), advocates, and other allied professionals, will gain knowledge and understanding of the impact they may have on survivors when responding to sexual violence.

  • Identify the dynamics and prevalence (statistics) of sexual violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
  • Describe the importance of using best practices when addressing accessibility and accommodations for survivors with I/DD.
  • Utilize (use) a trauma-informed, person-centered, and accessible approach when working with survivors with I/DD.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
10 a.m. – 3:30  p.m. (CST)

Lunch break Noon – 1:30 p.m.


Jami Clark
Disabilities Project Coordinator, KCSDV

Shirley Fessler
Director of Outreach and Accessibility, KCSDV

Kelly Smith
Plain Language Expert and Self-Advocate Trainer, SACK

Colin Olenick
Legislative Liaison and Self-Advocate Trainer, SACK

Lisa Barcus
Self-Advocate Trainer, SACK

Robyn Herzog
Self-Advocate Trainer, SACK

Stephanie Sanford
SACK Advocacy Coordinator

Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK)


Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

How To Register:
You must first create an account and login, then select the number of users you want to register and click “Register Now”.

Accessibility and Accommodations:

The following will be provided:

  • American Sign Language Interpretation
  • Real-time Captioning

We welcome people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the training.

If you need assistance registering, contact


Jami Clark, Disabilities Project Coordinator

Virtual Training Technical Requirements

WebcamWhile we are unable to meet in-person, the use of a webcam is required for the most effective interactive experience.

  • Zoom Platform: We recommend that you have the most current version of the Zoom client on your computer. If you already have Zoom loaded, please be sure you have updated to the newest version. If you do not have Zoom on your device, you can download the “Zoom Client for Meetings” from this page (for your computer or mobile device).
  • Chrome: The Connect site works best with the Google Chrome browser. You can use another web browser, but some features may not work as well. You can download the Chrome Browser from this page.

Total Training Hours: 4.0 hours.

This grant project is supported by the Grant No. 2018-FW-AX-K007 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  •  June 7, 2023
     10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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