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Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through Disability Rights Wisconsin

Conversations about Interpersonal Safety:  Helping individuals create more safety for themselves and talk about events that concern them                                     June 2014

Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), this resource is designed for advocates, friends, family members and others to guide conversation and invite thinking about social situations and issues of personal safety involving people who have difficulty with abstract language, learning and social interactions — many individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  In response to the Project’s 2011 publication, Creating Safety by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable?, requests poured in asking for specific language and sample questions that one could use to talk about issues of safety and harm directly with people with intellectual disabilities.  This resource responds to those requests and provides “conversation starters,” questions covering a myriad of themes designed to stimulate thought about what conversations might be helpful or of interest to people you know and support.  Some of the themes include respect, body feelings, emotions, trust, and “being nice or being clear.”  It also contains scenario-like “What Would You Do situations” to initiate conversation about what a person might do and why in differing situations. Click the following link to read Conversations about Safety.

The Legacy Log of the Leadership Group of Learning and Infusion:  An Initiative of Wisconsin’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project 

June 2014

This booklet reflects on a new initiative employed by Wisconsin’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project (hereinafter “Project”) to achieve sustainable systems change regarding the abuse of women with disabilities.  The initiative involved convening an invited group of people to think about their roles in creating change to benefit victims and survivors with disabilities who experience abuse; i.e., to think about themselves as leaders.  Wisconsin’s Project wanted part of its collaborative legacy to involve supporting leaders and leadership for systems change at the nexus of disabilities and anti-violence work.   We wondered what would happen when an array of multi-disciplinary participants saw themselves not only as their current roles, responsibilities and community identities, but how they would respond to thinking of themselves as influential people and agents of change in their communities.  This booklet details that journey and its impacts. Click the following link to read the Legacy Log.