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FUNDED IN PART by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, with the U.S. Department of Justice

Riverside Conference on Abuse and Disability

This is the 10th National and 3rd International Conference on the
Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities,
coordinated by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D.

March 14-16, 2005, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside California

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Schedule and Faculty Event Description
SUNDAY 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Pre-Conference Events Welcoming Session for International Participants, and Informal Networking.
Pre-Conference 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Sunday Evening Reception for Faculty and Online Conference Participants This is an opportunity for faculty members, Online Conference participants and others who want to join in the first event of the Conference! From 5:30-7:30 at the Marriott Hotel, the flagship hotel of the Conference. We look forward to meeting many of you at this no-host bar reception.
MONDAY 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Registration in the Convention Center
  9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Opening Session
Stream Jim OFFICIAL WELCOMES James Stream, Executive Director of Arc Riverside will open the Conference, and welcome the participants to this 10th National Conference. He will then introduce local officials who will provide their insights into the importance of continuing to develop best practices and increase awareness of the problems and solutions to abuse of individuals wtih disabilities.
Baladerian Nora Maintaining our Focus: Passion, Persistance & Planning This keynote presentation will take a reprospective look at where we were 30 years ago, the progress that has been made to date, and looking forward to efforts in the future. Dr. Baladerian will recount her personal beginnings into the field, her search for information and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities who had experienced abuse, and bring us into the present with information on great changes that have occurred over time, and changes in attitude and practice that still require our passionate and powerful attention...with the commitment that together WE CAN DO IT!!
Alsop Peter Exploring Responses to Abuse of Individuals with Disabilities Dr. Peter Alsop, a national treasure in the world of human services, will present his ideas for our Conference issues through music and discussion. He will weave important concepts that may be new, may be well-recognized into song, that remind us of that which we are doing, for ourselves and for others. Creating a right-brain introduction to a very left-brain oriented Conference, he will provide for all of us an important balance to begin our work together.
Monday Luncheon 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM
Featured presentations and Celebrations
Gillis John Supporting Crime Victims who have Disabilities John Gillis, the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, will share his thoughts and ideas for assuring excellence in response to crime victims with disabilities, across all areas where OVC has the authority to make a difference. He will highlight some of the projects OVC has funded which already have made inroads into assuring equal justice for all.
Kamnitzser Jordan Celebrating the 10th Conference Addressing the Needs of Crime Victims with Disabilities Jordan Kamnitzer will entertain Conference participants with songs he has written and performed supporting individuals with disabilities. He is a self-advocate and a musician, with a dedication to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, through his music, his advocacy efforts and public speaking.
Breakouts 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Davidson Howard Panel Presentation: Strategies and legalities to apply when both the children and parents in the DCFS case have disabilities When both children and their parents involved in the child welfare
system have disabilities, many special laws and provisions come in to play. Depending upon the disability each family member may have, interpreters or other personal care attendants may be required during a proceeding. further, issues of physical accessibility of the courtroom must be considered. If placement out of the home will be required, issues of full accessibility on the pqart of the home to receive the child must be assured, including communication, medical issues, physical accessibility among others. If a deaf child has been removed from the parents, the placement must have a TDD in operation to assure confidential communications between the family members. How these and other issues effect a case will be discussed by the 3 panel members, led by Howard Davidson.
Faugno Diana Medical findings in disabled adults who have been sexually assaulted The attendee will learn about why there may be medical findings or lack of findings in victims of sexual assault. The human sexual repsonse will be discussed as well as a review of the actual forensic examination protocal. Special needs of the crime victims with disabilites will also be presented.
Pierson Melinda Comic Strip Conversations: A Positive Behavioral Support Strategy Comic Strip Conversations and Social Stories for students with autism/autism spectrum disorder as well as other types of disabilities will be introduced. Recent research has shown that students with disabilities improved their perceptions of social situations exhibited appropriate social growth began to generate their own solutions to difficult social situations and demonstrated a decrease in targeted behaviors after the use of Comic Strip Conversations and Social Stories. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own materials and practice implementing these two strategies within a classroom setting.
Myers Leslie Abuse by Caregivers: Are Victim Service Providers Ready? This workshop with address the many obstacles faced by individuals with disability when their abuser is also their caregiver. With more and more people with disabilities living independently in the community many rely on caregivers for personal care and/or homemaking tasks. Using a series of role play exercises and a visual demonstration of building a ìbrickî wall the audience takes an active role in this presentation. It looks at the role disability service providers can play as well as what victim service providers need to do to prepare themselves for these types of situations.
Priddy Donald Creating Effective Networks in Law Enforcement The Carbondale IL Police Department is one of 10 sub-grantees to receive funding through SafePlace in Austin TX for the project ìPromising Practices in Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities. Cooperation of the participating service agencies has been the key to the development of strategies which have been and will be implemented to attain the goals of the grant project. This workshop will focus on the efforts of the grant participants to increase the availability and quality of services for victims with disabilities in the Carbondale area and provide information which will help attendees establish effective service networks in their communities
Odette Fran Accessing the System: Building Supports for Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women The Accessing the System Project: Building Supports for Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women is a one year initiative that provided extensive training opportunities for a diverse group of women with a disability and Deaf women to lead violence prevention programs for their peers; as well as to develop resources on issues of abuse/violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women; and support VAW services to provide appropriate responses to victims of violence. This project builds on the previous work of training women with disabilities/Deaf women to be leaders and facilitators of training initiatives for VAW services providers. This program reached marginalized women who lived in group homes residents in accessible housing complexes and who participate in community day programs.
Alsop Peter Filling Your Toolbox: Tools to Deal with Difficult Situations We each have favorite tools in our toolbox to help us cope with difficult situations and difficult people. Peter Alsop shares stories and strategies with us on ways to use music humor and a technique called "sculpting with people" to overcome the emotional roadblocks we run into as we travel through difficult times.
Breakouts 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM

Cantos VII Olegario A Discussion on Abuse and Disability for Advocates Understanding the many complexities surrounding abuse of children and adults with disabilities is not easy particularly for an individual who is unfamiliar either with the criminal justice system in general or with the ways that it either protects or fails to protect the most vulnerable of populations in particular. For the grassroots advocate (including advocates with and without disabilities) the question becomes ìWhere do I begin?î This breakout session will provide a starting point to assist advocates to answer this question and will feature specific networking action steps to gather additional informational resources and other sources of support.
Muff Elsebeth Kirk Sexual Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities the Reaction of Service Providers and Service Systems Elsebeth Kirk Muff will present the results of a small-scale research study giving information of how staff members and service providers react or do not react upon symptoms signs suspicion or knowledge about sexual abuse. The study was carried out in 2004 at group homes day centres protected workplaces and special schools in Denmark. The results indicates that service systems capability to react adequate has direct influence on the heightened risk of being exposed to sexual abuse that people with a developmental disability face.
Wambach Mary E Sexual Abuse and People with Disabilities: From Glances and Comments to Actions and Fetishes. This workshop will discuss both the right of people with disabilities to have sexual relationships of any nature and the need for professionals to understand the goals of abusers. As a society we remain reluctant to recognize that people with disabilities "have" sexual thoughts needs and drives; thus we refuse to recognize the many reasons why offenders choose people with disabilities. As a result pedophiles and abusers of adult victims often have easy access to their potential and actual victims. This workshop will discuss what is happening how to recognize it and how we can work as a field to prevent and reduce abuse.
Bosek Rebecca L. Risk Reduction Strategies for Women Who Exhibit Risky Sexual Behavior Risky sexual behavior is one of the least understood and most challenging behaviors for service providers. This presentation discusses a continuum of services to assist women who are dually diagnosed (intellectual disabilities and mental illness) to live safely in community settings. The women had histories of victimization remained at risk and some demonstrated inappropriate sexual behavior directed against others. Topics addressed include risk assessment risk management support planning risk reduction and personal safety interventions specialized clinical case management supervision monitoring and outcomes.
Todd Kerry Special Kids Specialized Interviews "Special Kids Specialized Interviews" Investigative interviewing of children and youth continues to be an area that is scrutinized and criticized. Interviewing children and youth with disabilities often creates more anxiety for professionals because protocols may not fit. Yet it is this population that is even more vulnerable and in greater need of our protection. This workshop is designed for professionals who provide investigative interviews and feel challenged by interviewing kids with disabilities. Participants will be provided information on interview protocols and how these protocols can be applied to meet the challenge of interviewing children and youth with disabilities.
Armstrong Michelle Getting Practical - Resources for Ending Violence Against People with Disabilities Advocates are often at a loss for knowing how to respond to crimes against people with disabilities. Yet hundreds of resources already exist to assist people in their efforts. Participants of this presentation will learn about services organizations tools and resources that are available to them. The presentation will consist of an active ìshow and tellî format. A variety of resources (books videos web sites kits brochures reports etc.) and services (hotlines libraries educational services) will be shared with participants and will serve as the basis for the presentation.
Green Cindy Begin where You are: Listen, Link Up, Collaborate Safe Passage a small battered women's program in an urban / rural community learned how to better listen to crime victims with disabilities by conducting a community needs assessment establish stronger ties with civil and human-service agencies identify community partners overcome territoriality strengthen partnerships develop a Speakerís Bureau and link resources in a Best Practices model. Of special note is the strengthening of working relationships with our county District Attorney police our Deaf Independent Living Services partner Stavros Center for Independent Living Deaf & Hard of Hearing IL Services and local self-help advocacy group the Freedom Center for those labeled ìmentally illî and rape crisis and sexual abuse prevention partner Everywomanís Center. We are re-weaving the safety net in our community; we have more to learn but are moving along.
Hosted Reception 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
An important Network opportunity
Conference Reception Opening Night Reception To cap off the first day of our conference, all participants are invited to join our Monday Evening Reception, where a Jazz Ensemble will perform, and local community representatives will welcome everyone. This is a great opportunity to network, relax, and enjoy new and old friends.
Registration 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Convention Center
Mini-Plenary 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Heisler Candace Legal Panel: Prosecuting Complex Cases using Special Case Building Strategies Candace Heisler will Chair this Plenary session on developing skills and practices that will result in improved prosecution outcomes. Together with three local prosecutors who have successfully prosecuted cases involving vulnerable adults and elders, they will describe specific strategies they have used to assure a strong case being presented in the court room.
Breakouts 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM    
Lowe Claudia The New IDEA President Bush has signed the new IDEA bill into law. The New IDEA puts into place significant changes such as no more short term benchmarks changes to discipline and placement three year transition planning goals and a standard for highly qualified teachers are just a few of the changes. An even stronger emphasis on Transition planning is key to all students with disabilities. In place should be stronger linkages to outside services and agencies self-advocacy and self-determination skills and better preparation for students to access the community employment independent living and recreation and leisure.
Gammicchia Carolyn Building Bridges Between First Responders and Individuals with Hidden Disabilities and Mental Illness Appropriate Response Appropriate Preparedness This presentation encompasses current trends in law and advocacy to allow for first responders to best meet the needs of all individuals within their communities. The focus on the session however will be the current trends which have been developed to allow first responders; law enforcement fire personnel and emergency medical technicians to received training on hidden disabilities and mental illness and to identify resources within their area. Information will be supplied on pilot programs already in place as well as those being designed to best meet the needs of individuals and those who are to provide them emergency services within the community.
Goobic Denise Juvenile Justice System and Children with Learning & Cognitive Disabilities Learning and cognitive disabilities are among the most prevalent disabilities in the juvenile justice population. As a response to this issue an initiative began in May 2002 to create a pilot project in Union County NJ. The services provided by the DD Offenders Program Juvenile unit include: staff presence in court with juvenile; education for court and probation staff; intensive case management; psychological evaluations; group and individual therapy; and supported employment services which include vocational and life skills development. This intervention provides the court with a viable community-based alternative to detention. This presentation will highlight our vision of how peer support increases self-confidence and leadership skills eventually leading to a more independent and self-directed life free of criminal justice involvement.
O'Neill Peggy Educating Professionals about Abuse and Neglect of Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities:  A Web Course This workshop presents a new web course which was developed as a Project of National Significance to educate professionals about the problem of maltreatment of children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Presenters will introduce portions of the course, which was developed in collaboration with professionals from around the country, and discuss with participants the relevance and applicability of course content to their own client populations.
Page Elizabeth Advocating for Crime Victims that Acquire a Disability as a Result of the Crime This session will explore how victims of crime who acquired a disability as a result of crime are impacted by various issues in the courts in healthcare in society and in general. We will discuss how the crime and the new disability impact the lives of the family. We will also explore some of the community resources needed to assist this crime victim with both the immediate trauma and later rehabilitation to become a fulfilled productive member of society.
Krieger Arline Parent Panel: Parents Discussion on the Abuse their Children have Experienced & Secondary Effect This Parent Panel, led by Arline Krieger, President of the Pomona Valley Learning Disabilites Association, will include presentations by several parents of children (minors and adults) who have been abused, addressing their experience with the criminal justice system, protective services systems, therapy and other abuse-response programs. This will be an interactive program, allowing a question and answer with the panel.
Breakouts 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Sobsey Dick Children with Disabilities and the United Nations Study of Violence Against Children Violence against children is a serious international problem. For example according to the World Health Organization there were 57 000 reports of children under the age of 14 who died as a result of homicide not counting those who died as a result of Wars and other forms of collective violence. When the United Nations met to discuss its children's agenda last year children from around the world identified their number one concern as violence. In response to this concern UNICEF the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights have joined together to undertake a two year study of violence against children. Representatives of Human Rights Organizations and Child Welfare Organizations have been asked to form a NonGovernmental Organization Advisory Panel to help identify the issues of greatest concern and help guide the study. As a member of the 27-member NGO Advisory Panel Dick Sobsey has a particular concern that the UN Study of Violence Against Children considers the unique circumstances of children with disabilities. This session will be the first group input session to help identify issues. There will be a brief description of the study and some of the violence issues that children face around the world. Participants willthen join in an interactive process to help identify concerns and approaches to studying and preventing violence. Finally participants will receive instruction and materials for working with their local national and international organizations on providing formal input into the study. This is your opportunity to influence the international agenda on violence against children with disabilities.
Glover-Graf Noreen Violence and Abuse Against Women With Disabilities This presentation overviews violence and abuse against women with disabilities. Women with disabilities are frequently at greater risk of abuse because they may have difficulty identifying their abuser their testimony against the offender may be discounted they may rely upon their abuser to provide personal care services and they may find it more difficult to leave the abusive situation. Specific characteristics which place women at risk of abuse will be distinguished by categories of disability and case studies will be presented. In addition programmatic and policy issues related to accessibility to services and inter-agency networking will be discussed.
Wambach Mary E Institutional Abuse of Deaf Children: How It Happens and How to Make It Stop This workshop is a presentation and discussion of how the abuse molestation and assault of deaf children and youth has been perpetrated over many years. There will be review and discussion of publicized incidents as well as commentary on different "models" of abuse.
Edwards William Competence to Confess: Measuring Suggestibility, Memory and Acquiescence of Suspects with Intellectual Disabilities/Learning Disabilities In a recent study published in March 2004, law Professor Steven Drizin and criminologist Richard Leo found that out of 125 inmates that were exonerated after giving false confessions about 22%, were people with mental retardation. Many of these People were on death row in America. In most cases people with intellectual disabiities will usually waive their rights to have an attorney present and confess to the police crimes they never actually committed. In some cases the state prosecutor will use this confession to extract a conviction. Discussion of the validity of these confessions and other critical factors in the investigation and evidence gathering will be discussed.
Benson Bill Legislative Update: Elder & Vulnerable Adult Abuse
Geffner Robert The Relationship between Head Injuries and Psychological Functioning This workshop presents information about the relationship between closed head injuries and brain impairment and the subsequent effects on psychological functioning personality changes and behaviors. People without and with pre-existing impairments learning disabilities ADHD or other conditions that affect functioning can change dramatically after receiving a closed head injury from an accident concussion or being hit in the head. Victims of crime such as from assaults (domestic or other) may have such hidden impairments and disabilities that are not recognized. This presentation describes the types of brain impairments that can occur the changes in behavior and personality that can result from neuropsychological impairment and suggestions for identification intervention and rehabilitation.
Benson William Putting Elder Abuse
on the National Policy
Agenda: Promising or
Promising Rhetoric?
The Elder Justice Act came close to passing the Senate in the last Congress. It included major provisions for Adult Protective Services including federal funding for APS. The legislation will be introduced again this year. This session will describe the EJA & its APS provisions the complex dynamics that occured late in the last congressional session that derailed the bill and discuss the prognosis for 2005.
Tuesday Luncheon 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM    
Parker Wes Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview Wes Parker, nationally renowned for his fame as a star of baseball as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, later became well known as both an actor and voice over performer. He is in high demand as a motivational speaker all over the nation, and has become a passionate advocate for individuals with disabiities who become victims of abuse and other crimes. He will introduce members of the production team featuring Jennifer Ballinger and Greg Byers. They will show some clips of the OVC funded video soon to be released on interviewing skills. As the narrator of this video, he has intimate knowledge of the content and purpose of this training package.
Byers Video Greg

Plenary 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM

Boulding David Prosecuting Cases for those with FASD & Other Disabilities
Cantos Olegario Making a Difference Mr. Cantos will describe the impact of each individual person in assuring equal rights for all people with disabilities, in particular when crime victimization has become a part of their life. He believes that each person counts, and that the efforts of just one person can have a significant impact not only at the local level, but a ripple effect that can have an effect long after any particular activity is over. He will provide examples in the field of abuse & disability, to help us learn how to utilize this "power of one" approach.
Edwards William Defending individuals with Developmental Disabilities Mr. Edwards has utilized his career to use his unique passion and skills to help defendants who have developmental disabilities. They have inadvertently found themselves mired in a system that does not understand them or make proper accommodations for their conditions. Often the are in the system as a consequence of believing and complying such statements as "just tell us that you did this and you can call your Mom", when in fact they had nothing to do with the crime being charged. He is an ardent opponent of the death penalty for people with mental retardation, and has been effective in the supreme court decision on this topic.
Benson Bill Policy and Legislation to Protect Children, Vulnerable Adults and Seniors Bill Benson, a nationally renowned policy and legislative consultant keeps up to date with and influences policy and legislation at the national and local levels. Over the course of his career he has provided insight, advocacy and policy input to issues affecting abuse and crime victimization of individuals, across lifespan. He wil provide a national perspective on child, vulnerable adult and elder laws as they have changed over the years in providing both legislative protection and financial backing for implementing those protections.
Breakouts 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Blancato Robert Elder Abuse and Advocacy: NCPEA's role The introduction of The Elder Justice Act brought the issue of Elder Abuse and vulnerable adults to a national level. The formation of the Elder Justice Coalition and the role organizations and individuals played to educate and assist in this major effort will be highlighted. The role the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) will had in this initiative and its agenda for the near future are items that will be discussed. Information on joining the Coalition will also be provided.
Luna-Sparks John Vaccine Against Violence and Abuse for People with Disabilities: Personal Safety Skills KIDPOWER TEENPOWER FULLPOWER International brings self protection and confidence training to people of all ages and abilities. KIDPOWER's services have become recognized internationally for being safe effective and hands-on. This workshop will introduce participants to KIDPOWER's positive and practical system for teaching personal safety skills to help prevent most bullying molestation assault and abduction for people with disabilities. Role plays and coaching will teach participants how to teach others to protect themselves from name-calling set boundaries use awareness and confidence to avoid being selected as a target get help escape from a dangerous situation de-escalate conflict, among other skills.
Glover-Graf Noreen Phototherapy for Persons with Disabilities who have a History of Abuse For several reasons treatment of abuse issues may be assisted though the incorporation of client produced photography. Photo-therapy has a unique ability to by-pass defense mechanism reduce resistance and explore emotions. The use of photography will be presented as a method of treatment initiation and exploration for persons with disabilities who have histories of abuse. The presentation reviews the rationale advantages current applications and practitioner concerns associated with the use of photography as a therapeutic tool for persons with disabilities. Case studies and representative photographs will also be presented.
Tate Valoria Self-Awareness and Strength Our Goal is to strengthen our self-awareness for our clients by educating and providing information and techniques that will help individuals to live and work in the power that is with-in them. We believe we all deserve and want a better life and to know the power with-in us. When lifeís stressors cause individuals children family and seniors to feel overwhelmed or to become dysfunctional we partner with clients to learn and achieve excellence in the principles and practices of self-respect leadership and integrity. To ensure the services and resources that are available to them.
Boulding David Prosecuting Cases for those with FASD & Other Disabilities
Alsop Peter Making Safe Places With sing-alongs and stories Dr. Alsop helps us understand how we create emotionally safe places for our children students co-workers clients families and ourselves. The key to safety lies in awareness of our feelings. Having a healthy feelings vocabulary helps us to find and keep our own balance so we can be available as a resource for everyone in our community.
Villanueva Jerry Interviewing Skills for Elders and Adults with Disabilities In this workshop we will learn to overcome the issues faced by law enforcement detectives/first responders when interviewing elderly victims and dependent adults. We will discuss preparing for your interview issues to be addressed before the interview conducting your interview and issues to be aware of after the interview. We will also discuss the issues faced by law enforcement in general when dealing with victims of crime who have special needs.
Can Do! Community Concert 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Alsop Peter Fun-filled Family Concert Fun-filled humor and insight for kids parents AND professionals. Peter models how to have a good time with songs while singing along to some healthy living ideas. Don't be surprised if you find yourself giggling or humming one of his songs two weeks later.
Registration 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Breakouts 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Allburn David Solving the Liability Dilemma in Worker Screening Only 3% of pedophiles has a criminal history so basing screening on that standard only protects against lawsuits not against harm to the children. This workshop shows how to safely use the results from permission-based profiling and obey the new FCRA and FACTA rules without exposure to defamation or discrimination complaints.
Shuman Tara Abuse Risk Reduction Groups for Caregivers of Children with a Developmental Disability Children with developmental disabilities are at an increased risk to be victims of all types of maltreatment especially sexual abuse. To address this problem Project Heal the child trauma treatment program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles facilitates abuse risk reduction groups for children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. This presentation will describe the "Making Friends and Staying Safe" collateral caregivers; group which is a therapy group for caregivers parenting children with a developmental disability. This group is a prevention effort aimed at educating and supporting parents in order to reduce the risk for abuse in their children with disabilities.
Metcalfe Rand Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities This workshop will highlight results of a recent national survey on physical and programmatic accessibility of domestic and sexual violence programs. Additionally the session will focus attention on the efforts of 10 victim assistance and law enforcement agencies from across the country to better serve crime victims with disabilities. Through this session attendees will gain valuable information on the state of accessibility of domestic violence programs as well as promising work being done across the country to address victimization against people with disabilities.
Vanderlaan Robin Promising Practices for Crime Victims with a Disabity This workshop will report a three-year project; "Promising Practices for Crime Victims with Disabilities" funded by the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime at the Chadwick Center in San Diego. A community needs assessment which included focus groups with consumers disability service providers and crime victims service providers as well as individual interviews with crime victims with a disability was used to develop and implement a strategic plan to improve access to the criminal justice and victim services systems for crime victims with a disability. An extended assessment protocol was developed for conducting forensic evidentiary interviews for crime victims with a developmental disability. Sustainability of the project was addressed by the development of community protocols to implement innovative practices developed during the project as well as training for disability service providers crime victim service providers and consumers
Reyna Peggie The Right Response The Right Response Project was developed to educate and sensitize law enforcement prosecutors court personnel and social service providers to the unique needs of people who are Deaf or who have a disability and are victims of abuse domestic violence or sexual assault. Presented in a power point format this workshop addresses the myths and realities concerning persons with various disabilities identifies barriers to accessing the justice system and community services and provides suggestions for improving the community and the justice system response to victims of abuse domestic violence or sexual assualt who are Deaf or who have a disability.
Tuduri Eddie Rhythmic Arts Project Eddie will describe his background and the origin of the program which teaches individuals with severe disabilities how they can quickly learn the art and performance of drumming! We will show a video of classes with clients with a variety of disabilities and the exercises employed. A hands on facilitation with participants will follow. Drums and percussion items for everyone attending the workshop will be available and all will be encouraged to participate. Eddie will explain how you can put this healing & treatment g program to work in your own facility handouts will be distributed and the program package will be explained including the video program guide visual aids and the TRAP CD Drummer in a Box A question and answer period will wrap it up.
Plenary 10:45 AM to 12:15 AM
Sobsey Dick Filicides - Parents who kill their children with disabilities About two-thirds of all murdered children (age 14 and younger) a re killed by one or both of their own parents. Approximately half of these parents claim and actually come to believe that killing their children is an act of love justified by some unusual circumstance. The ability to rationalize the killing of their children as somehow being an act of kindness appears to a critical factor in disinhibiting violnece. Children with signifcant disabilities are among the most frequent victims of filicide (murder by their own parents). This presentation provides data on more than 425 homicide and attempted homicide cases involving parents implicated in crimes against children with developmental disabilities. Two major themes are identfied from media descriptions of the crimes as well as formal defenses: (1) parents of children with disabilities live with such great stress and receive such inadequate social support that they they can be excused for "snapping under the strain" and killing their child (2) children with disabilities suffer greatly and have worthless lives so killing them is justifiable. Law enforcement the courts teh media and the public in general has often supported these rationalizations and in doing so increased the likelihood of similar crimes in the future.
Villanueva Jerry Forensic Interviewing Skills Jerry Villanueva will discuss the intricacies of interviewing individuals with cognitive and/or communication disabilities of any age, with a particular emphasis on pre-planning the interview, and understanding the lifestyle, abilities, and communication skills of each individual.
Cantos Ollie Discussion on "next steps" in Civil Rights for Crime Victims with Disabiities A "Power Hour" discussion with Ollie will include a discussion of the next steps that are needed at the federal, state and local levels, to assure civil rights for all individuals with disabilities, and in particular, all crime victims with disabilities.
Boulding David Good Notes Equals Good Results After 15 years in a courtroom defending/prosecuting criminal cases it is clear that the single most failure of police/social workers/parents/caregivers/doctors/nurses/teachers and others is the failure to take good notes it is not necessary that your notes be exhaustive have the authority of biblical scripture or be like a video however they must be your best recollection of the events with a view to telling the impartial decision maker we call the judge what happened what you saw heard experienced and what you did so that the judge as an impartial decision maker can make the best decision on the best evidence available.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING   The Kwids CAN Council Meeting Everyone is welcome to join the meeting of the Kids With Disabilities Child Abuse and Neglect Council. Kwids CAN is the newest child abuse council in Los Angeles County, here to be a voice for children with disabilities
Closing Session 12:30 AM to ?
We may say our goodbyes in a brief time or we may have a surprise in store for you! Keep your departure schedule a bit loose so you don't miss anything important!
Baladerian Nora Closing Plenary - Awards and Inspiration This brief closing session will be highlighted with the presentation of awards of merit in the field of abuse & disability, and our super raffle winner(s) will be announced!! Dr. Nora Baladerian, our conference coordinator, will take a few moments to address the participants to assure an ongoing network with each person and a sharing of resources, for helping each person feel the support and comraderie that is present within our chosen field of work.

SURPRISE CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Our INVITED speakers will be announced as soon as confirmation has been received.