The Initiative’s outreach program is focused on making state resources accessible to victims of abuse who are persons with disabilities. With this mission in mind, our outreach focuses on victim service organizations, disability organizations, the criminal justice system, and any other miscellaneous groups that work with victims of abuse, persons with disabilities, or both. Our trainings are tailored to your organization’s needs and are always designed to be lively and engaging. The Initiative’s Outreach Program’s goal is to conduct free community awareness education to ensure that community agencies serving survivors with disabilities are aware of the unique needs of marginalized communities and of their accessibility concerns. The goal for this program is to create systemic improvement by removing the stigma of victimization and disability barriers to access service. This is a response to the treatment of these survivors. The Initiative strives to ensure that their rights are protected and treated with dignity. A safety net of collaboration in place with ACRTI values and approach to advocacy within the community will have an immediate impact on the lives of these survivors and their children.
The Initiative’s Cross-Training provides a brief overview of disability and the importance of understanding intersectionality and ableism as frameworks when serving people with disabilities. Our Cross-Training covers our programs, including our Bicultural Advocacy Program and our Rural Advocacy Program, and our services, which aim to overcome barriers to safety, self-sufficiency, justice, and healing. Finally, our Cross-Training facilitates an interactive and creative discussion regarding best practices for collaboration and referrals between specific agencies and The Initiative.
(30 minute dynamic meeting, where we often send our staff to learn about your services as well)
“Disability and Abuse 101: Overcoming Barriers to Safety” introduces audiences to the essential intersections of abuse and disability. People with disabilities experience marginalization due to ableism, a set of beliefs and practices that devalue and discriminate against people with disabilities, and often rests on the assumption that people with disabilities need to be ‘fixed’, in one form or another. People with disabilities experience unemployment at disproportionate rates, as well as unequal access to education and affordable housing. People with disabilities also experience abuse at disproportionate rates, due to the perceived vulnerability of people with disabilities and less likelihood of being believed when reporting abuse. “Disability and Abuse 101: Overcoming Barriers to Safety” focuses on the ways that systemic, interpersonal, and personal prejudice and discrimination increase the vulnerability of people with disabilities to abuse. It addresses the complex barriers and accessibility concerns people with disabilities face when requesting services or receiving justice. “Disability and Abuse 101: Overcoming Barriers to Safety” hopes to inspire and challenge our communities to better understand the vulnerability of the disability community to collaborate to keep this community safe, make restorative justice, healing, and radical access possible to all.
(60-90 minutes of training)
At this moment, it is critical to consider gender and sexuality in a way that is deeply intersectional. As a disability-centered organization, The Initiative aims to explore and engage gender and sexuality through the frame of accessibility. It is important, first, to expand the meaning of accessibility--who or what do we most frequently discuss when it comes to accessibility issues? Are our conversations limited to physical barriers to accessibility, or do they include institutional and attitudinal barriers to accessibility? What, then, are specific physical, institutional, and attitudinal barriers that members of the LGBTQ+ community face when accessing services? How do other intersections of identity compound and complicate these questions around accessibility? The connections between disability, gender, and sexuality are many and multi-faceted, and The Initiative believes that accessibility serves as a perfect entry point. Gender and Sexuality 101: At the Intersections of Accessibility will cover pronoun usage, deconstructing the gender binary, the differences between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, the importance of language, brief histories of oppression, and more, all with the aim of making our services, our communities, and our relationships radically accessible for all.
(60 minutes of training)
At this moment, it is critical to consider culturally responsive advocacy in a way that is intersectional, dynamic and centers the voices of impacted communities in their own liberation. In Colorado, Latino communities comprise 21.5% of the population, making it the state’s largest racial and ethnic minority group. Living at the margins of systems of power can, in and of itself, create barriers for Latino communities to reach safety, self-sufficiency, justice, and healing. When considering additional marginalized identities, such as disability, rurality, and interpersonal and institutional violence, these barriers compound and become ever more complex. In working side-by-side with, and listening to, Latino communities, The Initiative recognizes four main barriers when Latino communities seek services. These barriers include lack of accessible information, the internalization of patriarchy and values of familism, documentation status, and racist and xenophobic stigmas attached to Latino communities. “Latino Community: Overcoming Barriers to Safety” will address these barriers in-depth, as well as the fears, stigmas, and systems of power that interlay them. “Latino Community: Overcoming Barriers to Safety” will also enable an interactive discussion on best practices when working with diverse Latino communities. It is imperative that Latino survivors of abuse receive services that meet them in their unique experiences, identities, and complex histories.
(60-90 minutes of training)
"Mandatory Reporting" informs the audience of what mandatory reporting is, what Colorado Revised Statute (Law) covers on mandatory reporting within the three protected categories (children, at-risk adults, and elders), when and how to report, and what information is needed to make a report. Finally, the presentation covers what the process may look like once a report is made.
(30-60 minutes of training)
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