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Protecting Children with Disabilities from Sexual Abuse

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Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness

47 Upson Street

Bristol, CT 06010

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What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know About Risk, Protection, and the Role of Special Education

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Children with disabilities are three times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than those without disabilities, and the likelihood is even higher for children with certain types of disabilities, such as intellectual or mental health disabilities.

How can we all work together to help ensure that every person can be healthy and safe in all of their relationships? How can parents and caregivers reduce risks for youth with disabilities? What is the role of special education in sexual health education and prevention of sexual abuse?

Join us for answers to these questions and more. Topics include: attractions and dating, managing feelings, qualities of a healthy relationship, internet safety, red flags and sexual education!

This workshop is designed for parents and caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities (up to the age of 21).

Objectives:

  • Understand statistics about prevalence of abuse
  • Understand reasons why abuse happens
  • Identify strategies for prevention and intervention
  • Understand the role of special education

Lunch will be provided.

Structured activities will be provided at Oak Hill's fully accessible and adaptive fitness center, Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, for those who need childcare coverage.

*This event is designed for parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities. Professionals who are interested in attending can reserve a wait list ticket and will be notified in the week ahead of the event if a spot is available.*

This event is being hosted by:

  • Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • CT Family Support Network
  • Oak Hill
  • The Law Office of Christina D. Ghio, LLC

AGENDA:

9:30 - 10:00 Registration/Check-in

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and Introductions

10:15 – 12:15 Knowledge is Power: Building Awareness and Strategies for Safe and Healthy Relationships,Elise Delacruz- CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence; Katie Hanley and Brenna Doyle - Oak Hill

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 The Role of Special Education in Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Christina D. Ghio, Esq.

1:45 - 2:00 Next Steps and Closing Remarks, Tesha Tramontano - CTFSN

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