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  When disability and abuse intersect, we take action.
 


Our Focus

Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities

Our Mission

To identify ways to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims, and to seek justice for those who have been victimized

Action Areas

Public awareness, education and training, policy development, law enforcement, and professional consulting

 


Sponsoring Agency

The Disability and Abuse Project is a function of Spectrum Institute, a nonprofit educational corporation.  The Project works with nonprofit organizations, media, government agencies, and individual advocates.

Project Director

Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D.  Dr. Baladerian is a clinical psychologist with a private practice focusing on trauma and abuse.  She conducts seminars and trainings for first responders, agency personnel, and service providers.  Dr. Baladerian is often consulted by attorneys engaged in litigation, both civil and criminal, for forensic evaluations and strategic advice in cases involving disability and abuse. (more)

 


Conservatorship Abuses
California's System Needs Reform
 


New Voting Law
AB 1311 Signed

Voting Rights Abuses
Department of Justice Complaint

 


Abuse of Discretion: How
Judicial Guidelines Encourage
Attorneys to Violate the Rights
of Clients with Disabilities


Practices in California Are Detailed
 in A New Advocacy Guidebook
 

Sexual Rights of Adults
with Developmental Disabilities

Analysis Focuses on the
Law in California and
the Duties of Agencies to
Educate and Counsel Clients


A Missed Opportunity

A Critical Review of a
Recent Training Program
for Court-Appointed
Attorneys in Los Angeles

 

 


Risk Reduction Workbook
for Parents and Service Providers
How to Reduce the Risk of Abuse to
People with Developmental Disabilities
(Read Review of the Workbook)


Other Guidebooks

 



2012
National Survey on Abuse
of People with Disabilities
The First Report: Victims and
Their Families Speak Out

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