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.

Who Do We Train?

Our trainings are ideal for:

Victim Services (safe shelters, domestic violence advocacy groups, etc)

Disability Organizations

Police and Sheriff Officers

Victim Assistance Units

Conferences

Medical Professionals and First Responders

Homeless Services

Academic Institutions

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Disability and Abuse 101

“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)

Gender and Sexuality 101

Gender and Sexuality 101: At the Intersections of Accessibility

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)

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Mandatory Reporting

"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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Coming Soon!

Check back soon for the following trainings:

  • Disability and Abuse 102: "Best Practices"
  • The Latinx Community 101: “Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Safety”
  • Rurality, Disability, and Abuse
  • Self Care for Advocates

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