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3rd Annual Diversity Summit - Impossible2Possible

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Domestic Violence can cause disability -,- it is the leading cause of injury for women ages 15 to 44 in the United States.

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Domestic Violence is often cloaked in silence. Approximately sixty-seven percent of survivor never report the abuse in their relationship.

Individuals who are living with a disability experience additional barriers to revealing the abuse in their relationship especially if the abuser is also their caregiver. On average survivors will leave and return to the abusive partner seven times before they leave for good.

There are many reasons that she/he will choose to return, however, some universal reasons are fear of losing children, economics, and housing. All these reasons are exacerbated depending on the disability of the survivor.

Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council seeks to connect all survivors access to services that will increase safety, hold perpetrators accountable and prevent further acts of relationship violence and homicide. The collaboration of systems is making this possible here in Houston and the surrounding Harris county.

The third annual diversity summit is an opportunity to bring systems together to identify and address barriers to service related to culture. The focus this year is working with survivors with disabilities.

Summit topics are:

Ableism

Disability Laws

Employment and Disability

Housing and Disability

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Survivors

**Zoom Access will be sent 48 hours prior to event and a reminder with link 2 hours prior to event.

Captions for hearing impaired will be available for the summit


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Heidi Lersch is the Disability Services Educator and Training Coordinator for SAFE. They are currently engaged in curriculum development to support transition students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in gaining knowledge of safer sexuality, building healthy relationships, self-advocacy, and leadership skills. Before their current role at SAFE, Heidi worked as a Prevention Educator at a family crisis center. In this role, Heidi educated and supported middle and high school students in creating cultural change as a method for the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, and bullying in their communities.

Session Overview:

Ableism and Accessibility

• Understand ableism and the impact it has on the lives of people with disabilities

• Learn about violence in the lives of individuals with disabilities and older adults

• Explore ways to deconstruct ableism in your agency and services


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Sashi Nisankarao is a licensed Texas attorney. She has been an ADA Specialist for three years at the Southwest ADA Center, a grant-funded project of the Independent Living Research Utilization. Here, she provides technical assistance and conducts training on disability issues, such as employment, education and disability rights.

Session Overview:

This session will present best practices for organizations, facilities and personnel who may come in contact with those impacted by domestic violence. Topics will include disability disclosure, the reasonable accommodation process, service animals and facility/website accessibility. Ultimately, this session aims to give an overview on how to create an inclusive space for survivors of domestic violence and their families.


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Marilyn Gilbreath has a Master of Science degree in Family Studies/Counseling and is employed with Texas Workforce Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). She has 30 years of experience in various positions working with individuals with disabilities. Having worked with visually impaired, blind, mentally and or physically disabled individuals has provided her with a broad understanding of employee and employer needs in the work environment.

Session Overview:

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Heather Daley is a hotline advocate for National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline at Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS). She has been in the DV/SA field for more than four years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is profoundly Deaf and uses ASL as her first language. As a hotline advocate, she has seen a lot of deaf survivors who struggled to find resources, shelters, and support due to communication barriers. Until they called Deaf Hotline, they were able to find comfort with her because they feel they can trust her due to her ability to relate with them on the struggles within the deaf community.

Session Overview:

how to make programs accessible to Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) people.

Learning Objectives:

1. Distinguish between the deaf power and control wheel and the general power and control wheel

2. Identify deaf women’s struggles within the deaf community, and how they differ from hearing survivors' struggles

3. Examine the difficulties that DDBDDHH individuals face when trying to receive services for domestic violence and sexual assault


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Toni Benson-Atkinson, Manager of Housing, joined the Coalition for the Homeless in 2019- however has been a part of the Collaborative’s Rapid Rehousing program since 2016. In addition to her experience with Rapid Rehousing she also brought with her 10+ years of experience in various fields of social service. Originally from Stafford Springs, CT, Toni graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in biology and currently resides in the suburbs of Houston with her two teenage sons and four dogs.

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We are working together...so she's not alone.

The Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council works systemically to provide victims safety and support, hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, and facilitate collaborations to maximize community resources.

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