Webinar: Protecting Children with Disabilities from Abuse: Strategies for Grades K-7

In collaboration with the Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD)

Webinar_LaptopChildren with disabilities experience abuse at rates three to four times higher than their nondisabled peers. As children age, their risk for abuse changes as they interact with more people in increasingly diverse contexts. Given the significant, lifelong, negative impact of abuse on children’s learning potential, social behaviors, and academic success, it is critical that special educators learn how to prevent the abuse of children with disabilities. This webinar provides knowledge, resources, and specific strategies to help you understand, prevent, recognize and report the abuse of children with disabilities (grades K-7), working within the day-to-day instructional framework of professionals and students’ IFSP/IEP/504 documents.

After viewing this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the incidence, indicators and impact of abuse as experienced by children with disabilities
  • Discuss the risk factors that cause children with disabilities to experience significantly higher rates of abuse than their nondisabled peers
  • Describe how day-to-day curricular materials and instructional strategies can be used to change risk factors into prevention strategies across grades K-7
  • Identify when and how to report a suspicion of abuse, and prepare for likely responses to the report
  • Access and use critical resources to prevent, recognize, and report the abuse of children with disabilities.

Presented by Harold Johnson, Michigan State University and Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International. Original air date October 9, 2014. 63 minutes. #WEB1408A.

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