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 disseminate information on how 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)


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

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A "Rule Out Abuse" Campaign for Physicians

The Disability and Abuse Project is launching a "Rule Out Abuse" campaign for medical doctors.  The campaign has been endorsed by Vincent J. Felitti, M.D., the co-principal investigator of the ACE Study -- a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente into the later-in-life consequences of adverse childhood events. 

Dr. Nora Baladerian is spearheading the campaign after years of noticing that, when presented with patients with disabilities who have traditional symptoms associated with abuse, doctors generally do not consider such a diagnosis as a possibility to rule out.  To learn more about the rationale behind this campaign, click here.  For Part 1 of the literature (an overview), click here.  For Part 2 of the literature (detailed information), click here


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