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)


Voting Rights Violations
Complaint Filed with U.S. Department of Justice


Limited Conservatorship System
We have discovered ongoing civil rights violations
by California's system of adult guardianships.
(To learn more, click here.)


Risk Reduction Workbook for Parents and Service Providers
Policies and Practices to Reduce the Risk of Abuse, including
Sexual Abuse, Against People with Developmental Disabilities
(Read Review of Risk Reduction Workbook)

Other Guidebooks



2012 National Survey on Abuse of People with Disabilities

The First Report: Victims and Their Families Speak Out
Click Here)


Dr. Nora's Blog

Ten Tips to Reduce Risk

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