Adults with disabilities learn to heal from within

May 28, 2020

Everyone in the classroom offered each other words of comfort and support. They are true friends and some have been coming here five days a week for decades.

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Risks for harm skyrocket for people with disabilities during pandemic

May 28, 2020
An illustration of two people's silhouettes. The one on the left has red hair, the one on the right has scribbled lines drawn inside their head, representing intellectual disabilities. They are separated by a diagonal read line, symbolizing their involuntary separation.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for abuse, sexual assault, and neglect because of the isolation during the pandemic.

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Children are feeling grief, too

May 26, 2020
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Children need a space where they feel comfortable expressing themselves during the pandemic. Parents can help provide that.

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UTMB COVID-19 Family Violence & Safety Survey

April 28, 2020
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The UT Medical Branch wants to hear from you about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted safety and needs related to violence and abuse.

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Support for sexual assault survivors is still available

April 23, 2020
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When survivors of sexual assault make the brave decision to come to SAFE, our staff are here to help make the decisions that are best for them.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Our services continue during the pandemic

April 17, 2020
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Telehealth is one way we are lowering our staff and client’s exposure to COVID-19 while providing virtual options for sexual assault survivors.

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Texas law opens doors for sexual assault victims with disabilities

March 17, 2020
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Until recently, Claudia could not have quick access to a sexual assault forensic exam without consent from her guardian – the same person who assaulted her.

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Making teen leaders through theater

March 16, 2020
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A group of teen artists and activists is using theater to help students foster healthy relationships. Meet the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.

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Everybody needs to know about sex

March 12, 2020
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For many, the sex education we received growing up was insufficient, misleading or even harmful. Students with disabilities often feel the same way.

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Connecting with children: A Valentine’s Day message from Strong Start

February 13, 2020
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The hours we have with our kids go fast, so show the ones closest to you that you love them every day. Here are some simple ways to connect with your child.

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