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SAFE’s Disability Services staff works collaboratively to create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to engage in healthy relationships; reduce risks of future violence; and to better ensure survivors with disabilities gain access to supports and services for healing and recovery.

New Disability Services videos: SAFE at Home

The Disability Services team has created a new video to talk with youth with disabilities about some of the challenges they might face during the pandemic.

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All Kids SAFE app

To support child abuse investigators and case managers working with child victims who have disabilities or who are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and hard of hearing, Disability Services has launched the All Kids SAFE digital guide. The guide is accessible at allkidssafe.org.

To load the All Kids SAFE app on your mobile device, click here for instructions.

Educational sessions for students and adults with disabilities may include:

  • Healthy Relationships – Personal boundaries; understanding emotions; assertive vs. aggressive communication; what defines a relationship; choosing relationships
  • Personal Safety – Safety planning; unsafe relationships; what constitutes abuse; how to get help; helpful bystander intervention
  • Basic Concepts of Sexuality – Sexual anatomy; understanding consent; sexual behavior, including safer sexuality; sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Cyber Safety – Public vs. private settings; online relationships

Training for professionals and family members may include:

  • Safety Planning Guide – This is a safety planning guide for domestic violence, sexual assault, and disability services staff who are working with people with disabilities and people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, late deafened and hard of hearing. You can find the Guide here: Safety Planning Guide from SAFE Disability Services
  • Support Cards – Discover strategies for supporting survivors of abuse with disabilities. Click here for Support Cards featuring art created by people with disabilities.
    • This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-UD-AX-0008 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women,U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  • Power and Control – Explore the dynamics of power and control in healthy and unhealthy relationships. To view our Power and Control Wheel, click here. To read the full text of the Power and Control Wheel, click here
  • Sensitivity Training – Gain information on disability culture, etiquette, and respectful language.
  • Policy and Accessibility – Discuss practical strategies to ensure services are welcoming and accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
  • Responding to Disclosures of Abuse – Learn how to respond to disclosures of abuse or suspected abuse.
  • Warning Signs – Identify potential indicators of abuse or neglect and warning signs of potentially abusive relationships.
  • Cyber Safety Education – Discuss the risks and rewards of social media in the lives of people with disabilities and ways to increase Internet safety.
  • Healthy Relationships and Sexuality – Explore practical strategies for talking about basic sexuality, responsible sexuality, and sexual safety with people with a broad range of disabilities. Click here to view the SAFE Respect Wheel.

The Disability Services Program offers fact sheets on a variety of issues, including:

  • Building relationships between persons with disabilities, disability service or advocacy programs, crisis programs, or the criminal justice system
  • Providing personal safety education to people with disabilities
  • Safety planning with people with disabilities
  • Sensitivity and respectfully responding to abuse disclosures
  • Sexual abuse or assult, domestic violence and abuse by personal care providers
  • Dynamics of power and control in abusive relationships involving people with disabilities

Request Disability Services Fact Sheets here, or for more information, please contact us at disabilityservices@safeaustin.org