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Contains resources, projects, services, programs, and supports that assist persons with developmental disabilities who are victims, witnesses or suspects within the criminal justice system.

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
2012 National Survey on Abuse of People with Disabilities
This report summarizes a national survey about the abuse and crime victimization of children and adults with disabilities in the United States.
5 Times Police Killed People with Mental Disabilities
This web article explains police brutality and people with disabilities.
A Child called It: One child's courage to survive
This is the first in a three-part series about a man who was the victim of very severe child abuse. His mental health needs were ignored for a very long time.
A man named Dave: A story of triumph and forgiveness
This sequel to "A child called it" and "The lost boy" tells about the late adolescence and young adulthood of a man terribly abused by his mother. The story describes the continuing effect of a lifetime "in the system."
A Pattern of Silent Tears
This is the first novel by a Latina woman who has cerebral palsy. It is about women in Costa Rica and their struggle to survive among people reluctant to give up suffocating traditions of male oppression and strict interpretation of religious doctrine.
An Expendable Man: The near-execution of Earl Washington Jr.
Earl Washington Jr. is a man with an intellectual disability who was 9 days from being executed for a murder he did not commit. This book tells his story.
An Ounce of Prevention: Law Enforcement Training and Mental Health Crisis Intervention
This report focuses on the training law enforcement officers in California receive for addressing mental health crisis calls.
BIALI - II
A guide for community persons about understanding special communication styles of individuals with disabilities
Combating Violence and Abuse of People With Disabilities
This book is written to DSPs and other professionals about preventing abuse.
Combating Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: A Call to Action
A book about helping people with disabilities fight violence and abuse—and take charge of their bodies and lives.
Complaint alleges people with disabilities barred from voting
This web-based news article talks about problems in Los Angeles County.
Confronting the Sexual Abuse of Women with Disabilities
This scholarly report reviews the problems of sexual abuse for women with all types of disabilities.
Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities
This academic book is about many topics affecting people with intellectual disabilities.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Its Implementation and Relevance for the World Bank
This report previewed what countries needed to do to implement the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Coping with Sexual Assault: A Guide to Healing, Resolution and Recovery for rape survivors, family members and victim advocates
This 44 page booklet explains the many issues faced by victims of sexual violence.
Counselling People with Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Sexually Abused
A book and video designed to assist professionals who provide treatment.
Crime Against People with Disabilities, 2009-2014
This report was prepared by the United States Department of Justice. You can download it as a PDF.
Crimes Against People with Disabilities
This web-based article talks about how people with disabilities are often the victims of crime. It describes the causes of this crime and how it affects people.
Criminal Offenders with Mental Retardation: Risk Assessment and the Continuum of Community-Based Treatment Programs
This book has ideas about the best ways to support people with criminal backgrounds in community settings.
Critical Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Contemporary Research, Practice, and Policy
This manual explores emerging issues in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities in ten areas.
Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE)
This curriculum teaches people with disabilities how to protect themselves from abuse. It is also meant for service providers, parents and allies of people with disabilities.
Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics
This book tells the stories of women who were told not to have their babies. They were told that because of perceived disabilities in themselves or their unborn children.
Disability Behind Bars: Should the ADA Protect Prisoners?
An article about people in prison and the ADA
Disability Justice and Spirituality
This special edition issue from Tikkun Magazine is about theological views of disability and justice.
Disabled Women and Domestic Violence Responding to the Experiences of Survivors
This book tells the stories of women with disabilities who have been the victims of abuse.
Ethical Dilemmas: Sexuality and Developmental Disability
This book addresses the critical issues of sexuality in people with developmental disabilities.
False Confessions from 53 Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: The List Keeps Growing
This research article looks at the problem of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities confessing to serious felonies that they did not commit. There is also a follow-up piece written in 2011.
First Response to Victims of Crime Who Have a Disability
A handbook for law enforcement officers on how to approach and help crime victims who have disabilities. You can download a copy for free.
Ghost Girl
This book tells the story of a young girl who begins school unwilling to speak. The girl had been sexually and emotionally abused. Told by her teacher, the book tells how this girl was able to get the help she needed.
Human Rights, YES!, Second Edition
Human Rights, YES! is a human rights education tool, developed following the establishment of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This book aids self-advocates and advocates promote human rights for people with disabilities.
I Can Get Through It (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to be the victim of abuse. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Impact: Feature issue on violence against women with developmental disabilities
A collection of articles related to projects, research, and resources that address the issue of violence.
Jamaica Development Plan for People with Disabilities
This document summarizes a 20-year plan for Jamaica to become more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Jenny Speaks Out (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to help people talk about sexual abuse. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Just Say Know!
This book explores the victimization of people with disabilities and help reduce the risk of sexual abuse.
Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability A Social Approach
This book gives ideas on how to help people with intellectual disabilities guard against abuse.
Letting in the Light: Reflections on Leaderships, Ethics and Human Services
This book is a collection of essays that explain how service systems tend to take control away from people with disabilities.
Loneliness + Cruelty
This study looked at why people with disabilities are often victims of crime, and how that affects them. It also offers a community solution. You can read it online or download it as a PDF file.
Lost in a Desert World: The Autobiography of Roland Johnson
This is the true story of Roland Johnson. He was put in an institution as a child where he was abused. As an adult, Roland became the president of "Speaking for Ourselves," a large and well known self-advocacy organization in Pennsylvania.
Mugged (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain how it feels to be robbed, and what helps. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
My Body, My choice
An empowering sexual abuse prevention mini-book for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives
A state of the states report on the implementation of the Olmstead decision
People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence
This fact sheet is about sexual abuse and assault toward people with disabilities.
People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Victims & Suspects
A fact sheet from the national Arc. It answers questions about people with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system in the United States.
Preventing the Emotional Abuse and Neglect of People with Intellectual Disability Stopping Insult and Injury
This book tells the stories of people with disabilities who have been the victims of abuse. It also has ideas about how to stop this.
Quality in Practice: Human Rights Committee
This fact sheet provides suggestions for agencies' in forming and making good use of their Human Rights Committees.
Quality in Practice: Rights and Responsibilities
This fact sheet helps DSPs and agencies best support people in exercising the same rights and responsibilities as all citizens.
Quality in Practice: Safety
This fact sheet provides suggestions on how organizations can promote safety while still protecting people’s right to experience a full and satisfying life.
Report to the General Assembly of the State of Vermont on Offenders with Developmental Disabilities: Legislative and Programmatic Recommendations
This is a report to the Legislature on the programs and laws for offenders with developmental disabilities in Vermont in 2001.
Rights and Reality II
This is a guide to rights of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. It explains many laws, rules and programs on both the state and Federal level, and can be purchased or downloaded for free as a series of PDF files.
SAFE BEGINNINGS: Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse
This book helps parents and child care providers prevent sexual abuse.
Say NO to Abuse. Easy Read Guide
This is a free 'easy to read' guide written for self-advocates. It can help people to learn what abuse is and put the power to say NO into their hands.
Self-Advocates Bill of Rights
These are 26 rights that all self-advocates have.
Sticks and Stones: Disabled People’s Stories of Abuse, Defiance and Resilience
This book is a collection of over fifty stories about people with disabilities facing abuse and violence.
Stop The Violence, Break The Silence Training guide
This training program is about domestic and caregiver abuse and its impact on people with disabilities. It seems targeted to crisis counselors and law enforcement staff but may also be helpful to DSPs.
Supporting Victims (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to be a witness in a court trial. It also tells about what helps, is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Taking Pride In That Which Sets Us Apart
This book encourages people to be proud of their disability. It also reminds all people with disabilties of the need to work together and stick up for each other.
The Human Rights Agenda for Persons with Intellectual Disabiltities
This book is about the rights of people with disabilities.
The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different but Equal
This book reviews the history of the human rights of people with disabilities. It also talks about present times and suggests some future directions.
The Inclusion of Disability as Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights in State Codes (Policy Research Brief)
This policy brief is about how people with disabilities sometimes lose their right to be a parent.
The Lost boy: A foster child's search for the love of a family
This is the second book in a three-part series about a man who was the victim of very severe child abuse. His mental health needs were ignored for a very long time.
The Ragged Edge: The Disability Experience from the Pages of the First Fifteen Years of the Disability Rag
This is a collection of articles from the first 15 years of The Disability Rag, a radical newspaper for persons with disabilities. It chronicles earlier days of the disability rights movement.
The Stigma of Disease and Disability: Understanding Causes and Overcoming Injustices
This scholarly book examines how people with disabilities are held back by the attitudes of others.
The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public
This is a book about old laws that said an "unsightly or disgusting person" shouldn't be seen on the street. Examples included people with disabilities.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: U.S. Nears Ratification
This article updates progress on enforcing the CRPD in the United States.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Potential for Police Liability and Ways to Avoid It
This magazine article describes what police departments need to do to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Transforming care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital
This report was written when abuse was discovered in an institution in England. It says that all institutions must close.
Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson
This is the true story of Junius Wilson's life, a deaf Black man put into an institution at a young age after being accused of rape.
WE CAN Stop Abuse: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This eight-session, interactive curriculum teaches sexual abuse prevention skills to people who have developmental disabilities. It includes a DVD.
Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability
This book presents a collection of essays on how people with disabilities can gain a stronger voice and shape their destinies. It was the winner of the Betts Award from the American Association of Persons with Disabilities.
You're on Trial (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like be charged with a crime and go to court. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
You're under Arrest (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like be arrested by the police. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
A Little History Worth Knowing: Disability Down Through the Ages
Video on the history of disabilities that includes past abuses but ends hopefully, looking at how changing attitudes and advancing technology are helping people with disabilities enter the global economy.
A Passion for Justice
This video is about the work of Robert Perske. He advocated with people who have developmental disabilities and have been convicted of serious crimes they did not commit.
Abuse and Neglect of Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This CD-Rom has training for DSPs.
Abuse of People with Disabilities: A Silent Epidemic
This is a public service video featuring self-advocates who encourage people with disabilities to speak up about abuse.
Against the Fence - The Riley Campbell Story
This short film tells a story of a man who was beaten up because he had a developmental disability.
At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity (New York Times Article)
An online article from the New York Times about the abuse of people in group homes run by the state of New York. The reporters found that the abusers were rarely fired.
Bob Tells All (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain sexual abuse and how it hurts men. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Borderline: The People vs. Eunice Baker
This film is about a woman with intellectual disabilities who was wrongly accused of murdering a child.
CAVNET
Communities Against Violence Network is an international network of experts and advocates working in the areas of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
Offers an array of materials related to violence and women with disabilities, including information on its prevalence, guidelines for clinicians, access to battered women's programs, interventions and research methods.
Children of the Stars
This is a film about children with autism who live in China.
Counselling People with Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Sexually Abused
A book and video designed to assist professionals who provide treatment.
Disability Rights Ohio Online Resource Center - Disability Topics
This website has a lot of information about the legal rights of people who have disabilities.
Dr. Nora’s Blog
This blog covers disability and abuse issues. It is written by a clinical psychologist and Director of the Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute.
End the silence
This is a video with four self-advocates speaking out about their personal experiences as victims of crime.
Handicapism: A Report from the Center on Human Policy
This online slideshow illustrates the negative images the public held about people with disabilities back in the 1970's. Unfortunately, many of the images portrayed are still true today.
Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This webpage summarizes laws and treaties from around the world that protect the rights of people with disabilities.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre's Website on Violence, Abuse, and Disability
A website with information explaining policies and resources in Canada to prevent violence and abuse against persons with disabilities.
Law Enforcement/EMS Response to Seizures
This webpage tells police officers and ambulance drivers how to respond to people with seizures and epilepsy.
Laws.com
Laws.com is a website that offers information on state and federal laws about social justice issues like domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
This video is a collection of stories as told by people with disabilities who lived in state institutions. There are also stories from the families they left behind.
Meet Us Where We Are
A film about people with developmental disabilities who have been victims of a crime.
Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Crime Victims
40-minute instructional video presents a blend of clinical, theoretical, and practical mental health expertise.
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
A web-based clearinghouse of information about violence
Miranda and the Deaf Suspect
A short training video to teach officers the problems with giving Miranda warning to deaf suspect without making accomodations.
National Crime Justice Reference Service
A website with a great deal of information about research, policy, and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice.
National Goals in Research, Practice and Policy for and with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This webpage is a nice summary of the National Goals Conference that was held in 2015. There are many articles that can be downloaded, and video clips with researchers and persons with disabilities explaining the 10 areas focused on.
National Review of Restraint Related Deaths of Children and Adults with Disabilities: The Lethal Consequences of Restraint
This report sums up what was learned from studying the cases of 61 people with disabilities who died while being restrained.
O.P.E.N. Court
These three videos help youth with disabilities as they enter the juvenile justice system. There is also a resource guide. You can view them online for free.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
A website and resource to help stop bullying. It has a lot of information about how to stop bullying at school.
Prevention of Abuse and Neglect Online Course
This online course is designed for DSPs and other professionals who provide support to adults with DD. Participants may register for college credit if they want to.
Recollections of the Institution
These two DVDs explain what it was like for people with ID/DD to live in institutions. One has stories from people who have disabilities, and the other provides parent perspectives.
Reflections on Sterilization
This is a blog post that encourages parents to think carefully before sterilizing their son or daughter with disabilities.
Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Resource Directory for Service Providers
This online directory provides responders with resources as they assist crime victims with disabilities.
Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories
A film that tells the stories of students who were restrained in schools and the physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result. You can watch it for free online.
Robert Perske: Street-Court-Prison Worker and Advocate
This website is about the work of Robert and Martha Perske. Robert has spent many years advocating for people with disabilities caught in the criminal justice system.
Rooted in Rights
On this website, you’ll find news stories from around the web on the rights of people with disabilities. There are also original op-eds, videos, graphics, educational resources and more.
Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities
These videos focus on meeting the needs of people with physical and developmental disabilities who have been victims of crime -- a problem sometimes ignored by government and community agencies.
Sexually Speaking
This DVD and workbook helps self-advocates understand what sexual consent means.
Talk About It
A video about sexual assault for people with an intellectual disability
Teach Me
This CD has a song about the sexual abuse of a person with a developmental disability
The Three Parts of Hurt: What You Need to Know About Trauma & Those With Intellectual Disabilities
This lecture is based on stories from people with disabilities who have been abused.
Transportation Equity Webpage
This website contains policy letters, reports, ways to take action and other resources about transportation equality.
Triumph at Carville: A Tale of Leprosy in America
This is a documentary film about a leprosy colony that existed for over a century in Carville, Louisiana. Leprosy patients were segregated here, and after years of research on patients, a treatment for leprosy was found.
Vulnerability: What Makes Persons With DD More Vulnerable To Abuse?
This DVD features an expert talking about the crime of sexual abuse.
WE CAN Stop Abuse: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This eight-session, interactive curriculum teaches sexual abuse prevention skills to people who have developmental disabilities. It includes a DVD.
Why They Gotta Do Me Like That? (The Empowered Fe Fes Take On Bullying)
In this documentary film, young women explore the issue of bullying based on having a disability.
Working with People with Disabilities in the Areas of Health and Sexuality
This is a CD that teaches staff how to keep people safe from sexual abuse.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Accessing Safety Initiative
This program teaches community programs how to support women with disabilities who have been abused.
Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Jail Project
This initiative works to improve the lives of persons with mental illnesses who are imprisoned. It also produces a variety of videos and media about this topic.
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
This self-advocacy organization is led by people with all types of disabilities.
Disability Rights Advocates
This agency provides free legal representation to people with disabilities whose civil rights have been violated.
Disability Rights California
An organization in California that advocates for people with disabilities. They seek to help Californians with disabilities move from institutions to the community.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
This national organization fights for the civil and human rights of all people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
This is the Protection and Advocacy organization for the state of Pennsylvania. They have an extensive list of downloadable publications on their website.
Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)
This organization keeps an eye on the human rights of people with disabilities in countries around the world.
Disability Rights Washington
This is the protection and advocacy agency for Washington state. Its website has many free resources to help people understand their legal rights.
Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program)
A statewide program in Texas to prevent abuse for people with disabilities.
Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO)
This is the Protection and Advocacy agency for the state of Georgia. They have a great website with many interesting articles.
Hadamar Memorial
Hadamar Memorial, located in Hadamar, Germany, is a memorial for victims of the Nazi "euthanasia" or extermination project that occured from 1939-1945.
Handicap International
An organization that works to improve the living conditions, and promote inclusion of people with disabilities around the world.
National Center for Victims of Crime
A national organization dedicated to helping victims of crime.
National Crime Prevention Council
An organization dedicated to enabling people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.
National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities.
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
An organization providing resources useful in assisting victims of crime.
Not Dead Yet
This group of disability activists is opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center is a primary source for crime victim information.
Ohio Legal Rights Service
An organization that protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in the state of Ohio.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
A website and resource to help stop bullying. It has a lot of information about how to stop bullying at school.
Project Heal at Kennedy Krieger Institute
A project from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Kennedy Krieger Institute. It seeks to provide legal and health services to children and youth with disabilities.
Pueblo Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health Consortium
This program seeks to prevent persons from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI)
This university center does research and outreach to promote the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities around the world.
The Disability and Abuse Project
A project that works with nonprofit organizations, media, government agencies and individual advocates to reduce the risk of abuse of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities and seek justice for those who have been victimized.
The Legal Center
An organization that protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities in Colorado.
The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
This national membership organization represents Adult Protective Services programs, professionals and the abused, neglected and financially exploited vulnerable adults they serve.
The Taunton Jail Diversion Program
A program in the community of Taunton, Massachusetts. Its purpose is to divert people with mental illness or disability who are in contact with the criminal justice system from jail to community support services.
Other
1989 - Penry v. Lynaugh
The first time the United States Supreme Court clearly said people with "mental retardation” could not receive the death penalty.
2011 - Colorado pardons Joe Arridy
In 1939, Joe Arridy was executed for two murders he did not commit. Mr. Arridy had a significant intellectual disability and in 2011 received a "Posthumous Pardon" from Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
Jonathan Martinis
Jonathan Martinis is the legal director at DC Quality Trust. He has over twenty years of experiences working on cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Keeping Your Body Safe
This booklet is about keeping yourself safe from abuse.
Michael Dillon
Michael supports people who have significant disabilities in creating at-home supports, and serves as a consultant to several states and courts.
R.I.'s Sexual Assault Incident Management Model
This is a description of the process used by the Office of Quality Assurance, DDD, in Rhode Island to respond to allegations of sexual assault.
Sexual Assault and Adults with a Disability
This is a paper that summarizes many studies of sexual abuse and people with disabilities. All were done in Australia.
People Who Can Help
Celia Feinstein
Dr. Feinstein provides consultation and training at the level of local, state and national practices and policies in the areas of self-determination, leadership development, deinstitutionalization, quality management and waiting lists. She has work...
Robert Dinerstein
I am a law professor at American University, Washington College of Law, where I have taught since 1983. Among other things, I teach in the area of disability law, covering statutes and regulations under Section 504, the ADA, and IDEA, and criminal jus...


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