Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) provides training and education to help increase awareness about and prevent sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Through custom designed presentations and trainings for disability service providers, domestic and sexual violence staff and criminal justice personnel, the program offers technical assistance and consultation to individuals and organizations seeking guidance to reduce the risks of abuse against individuals with disabilities or to enhance accessibility to persons with disabilities.
The Disability Services Program offers information including:
- Building relationships between persons with disabilities, disability service or advocacy programs, crisis programs, or the criminal justice system
- Conducting targeted outreach to people with disabilities
- Developing or modifying services to maximize accessibility
- Disability awareness and sensitivity
- Healthy relationships and sexuality
- Providing personal safety education to people with disabilities
- Risk factors and strategies to reduce risks to abuse
- Safety planning with people with disabilities
- Sensitively and respectfully responding to abuse disclosures
- Sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence and abuse by personal care providers
- Dynamics of power and control in abusive relationships involving people with disabilities
- Developing accessible and relevant services
Growing research shows a strong relationship between traumatic childhood events, such as domestic violence, and adult symptoms of mental illness.
SafePlace is committed to ensuring that our services are accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.