Assistive Technology & Education: Tools for Ending the Sexual Assault Epidemic for People with I/DD
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a rate of sexual assault and abuse that is at least seven times higher than those without disabilities.*
Oak Hill, with generous sponsorship from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the CT Tech Act Project, is taking action against this statistic by hosting a free awareness and skill-building webinar series. Over the course of three lunch hour sessions, professionals with a variety of backgrounds will discuss the barriers and unique safety risks that individuals with autism and other disabilities face. Participants will learn strategies for prevention, response, and reporting, as well as ways to build a culture of consent that supports safe, healthy, fulfilling relationships of all kinds. Resources, including assistive technology suggestions, will be shared to offer participants next steps for collectively breaking down these barriers. Human services professionals, school teams, legal advocates, administrators, family members, and more are all invited to join the conversation.
Part 1 – Wednesday, October 20th
“Knowledge is Power – Using Education to Prevent Violence and Support Healthy Relationships” Brenna Doyle, MA, MS, Sexual Health Educator and Consultant for Oak Hill’s Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education
Part 2 – Thursday, October 21st
“Attacking the Sexual Assault Epidemic with Communication”
Elena Fader, M.A. CCC-SLP, Director of Assistive Technology Services at New England Assistive Technology
Part 3 – Friday, October 22nd
Expert Panelist Discussion
Robin Moyher, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Moyher Applied Behavior Analysis Consulting
Kaitlyn Fenner, LCSW Program Manager-Outpatient Services at Marne Street Clinic/Clifford Beers
Lisa Murphy-Cipolla, LMFT Clinical Services Coordinator, Greater Hartford Family Advocacy Center of Saint Francis Hospital
Monica Madigan, LCSW Lead Social Worker-Forensic Interviewer at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center
All sessions will be held from 12:00-1:30 PM EST. Participation in all three days is not required but highly recommended. A link to join virtually will be shared to all registrants prior to the event.
Sponsored by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Oak Hill CT, and Connecticut Tech Act Project