|The Disability, Abuse & Personal Rights Project is part of the umbrella
non-profit [501(c)(3)]organization, Spectrum Institute. Our purpose is to significantly reduce the victimization and denigration of people with disabilities, to improve the quality of the response system for crime victims (Child and Adult Protective Services, the criminal justice system, Victims Assistance Programs), and assure each individual's exercise of all civil rights and liberties. As a
non-profit we depend upon donations to continue our work,
therefore your donations may be tax deductible.
Our director has provided related services for over 25 years and has headed DAPR since 1985. We provide our services locally, nationally and internationally. In brief we have produced products and provided the following services:
Books, articles, reference materials, papers, white papers, conducted surveys and developed reports of findings, conducted research with findings published in various publications.
Training (core training, customized training, training for trainers)
Consultation for private non profit organizations, agencies, and government agencies
Writing assignments (chapters for training manuals, protocols, guidebooks)
Developed and produced the only continuing national Conference on abuse
of individuals with developmental disabilities.
We have expertise on these areas:
Human sexuality and individuals with cognitive and/or communication impairments
Sexual assault, particularly in the case of children and adults with disabilities
Sexual rights for adults with disabilities, and rights to
sex education for children
Ethics and human service delivery for vulnerable children and adults
Sex offenders with developmental disabilities
Non Criminal sexual behavior intervention
Our director, Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex
Therapist and Board Certified Forensic Examiner. She has written literally hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics related to maltreatment of individuals with disabilities, has conducted hundreds of training programs both in the U.S. and abroad, and has authored several guidebooks on interviewing
skills used by forensic interviewers. She has also written guidebooks for parents and advocates on signs and symptoms of abuse and proper planning and response to maltreatment, a guidebook series for survivors of sexual assault including the secondary victim (family member or close friend), among other materials. (Most of these activities are conducted through
our sister company, Mental Health
Consultants). Click here for a complete listing of articles, papers and books.
DAPR is unique in that it has sponsored the only ongoing national conference on abuse
of people with developmental disabilities since 1986. In 1997 we sponsored a "Think Tank" on this
topic attended by the Directors or designees of the primary State agencies in California which resulted in a blueprint for action for the state. Our prior efforts to change the child abuse reporting form that is used by local
CPS agencies to report substantiated cases of abuse to include information identifying victims who have developmental disabilities was successful, and since 1990 we are able to determine for each county the number of substantiated child abuse cases in which the victim has been identified as having a developmental disability. Each year an analysis and presentation of this data is developed into a formal report for the County of Los Angeles, including information on comparable counties, and published in the annual Data Report on Child Abuse produced by the
Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.