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Bucks County Children's Advocacy Center

7th ANNUAL BUCKS COUNTY CONFERENCE ON CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2018

 

Presenter: Staci Whitney, LMSW

Title: Communicating with Children with Disabilities: Realities, Risk Factors, and Research

Description: (1.0 hours) – Children and youth with disabilities are more likely than children and youth without disabilities to experience physical abuse resulting in bodily injury and to experience serious sexual offenses including those involving repeated abuse, use of force and threats. In addition to increased risk, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases. Participants will learn about risk factors for children with disabilities and characteristics of children with intellectual, physical, and communication disabilities that increase risk of abuse. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of disabilities as well as new strategies for communicating and gathering reliable information from crime victims with disabilities.

Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the disproportionate victimization statistics for children with disabilities.
2. Participants will be able to describe the unique characteristics of children with intellectual, physical, and communication disabilities that increase the risk of abuse.
3. Participants will be able to recall distinguishing features of intellectual disability, autism and speech language disorders that impact investigations and communication.