Building Sustainable Change: How Disability Service Providers Can Effectively Respond to Sexual Violence Against People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities- Virtual – August – September 2021

Building Sustainable Change: How Disability Service Providers Can Effectively Respond to Sexual Violence Against People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities                                                                        2-Part Virtual Training 

Audience:  Direct service providers. Those who provide necessary supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) where they live and work.

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Service providers play a key role in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Because of this, service providers must understand the prevalence (statistics) and dynamics of sexual violence committed against people with I/DD. Using a co-training approach, self-advocates will help provide participants the tools necessary to help people with I/DD feel empowered to make informed decisions when disclosing or reporting sexual violence. Participants will learn how to provide trauma-informed, person-centered support to survivors to help in their recovery and healing. This 2-part training will offer best practice information on the importance of including an anti-oppression and trauma-informed approach to responding to people with I/DD who have experienced sexual violence. Additionally, participants will receive information about state and local resources to connect survivors to advocacy services and gain knowledge on how to build and sustain collaborative partnerships with advocacy programs and self-advocate chapters in their community.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the dynamics and prevalence (statistics) of sexual violence against people with I/DD.
  • Utilize (use) a trauma-informed, person-centered approach when disclosures (someone shares their experience) of sexual violence are made by survivors with I/DD.
  • Analyze (evaluate) how supported decision-making can empower survivors and increase their safety.
  • Understand the importance of working with a survivor when a mandatory report is required.
  • Identify community resources for survivors of sexual violence.
  • Describe the importance of community collaboration.

Date & Time

Part 1
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Part 2
Thursday, September 2, 2021
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CST)

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Guest Presenters

Kansas BELIEVE Team

Aquia Pusch, KCSDV Rural Outreach Advocacy Coordinator
Brad Linnenkamp, University of Kansas Community Liaison
Colin Olenick, SACK Self-Advocate Legislative Liaison
Jaclyn Anderson, SACK Programming Coordinator
Jami Clark, KCSDV Disabilities Project Coordinator
Kathy Ray, KCSDV Director of Advocacy, Education & Rural Projects
Kelly Smith, SACK Plain Language Expert
Lisa Barcus, SACK Self-Advocate Trainer
Robyn Herzog, SACK Self-Advocate Trainer
Shirley Fessler, KCSDV Rural and Disabilities Projects Manager
Stephanie Sanford, SACK Self-Advocacy Coordinator


Registration Deadline:
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Register soon, space is limited!

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The Zoom join link for this event will be emailed to all approved and complete registrants on Monday, August 30, 2021.


We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.

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Jami Clark or 785-232-9784

Shirley Fessler or 785-232-9784

Shelly Newman or 785-232-9784

Training Hours: 8

This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-FW-AZ-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.

  •  August 31, 2021 - September 2, 2021
     10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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