Although the safety of a child or an adult with a significant disability is ultimately in the hands of adult caretakers, we can teach our students at the very least some basics of abuse prevention.
Unfortunately, "Say no, go, tell!" is not the greatest model for our students as many are unable to "say no" or "tell" and/or they are unable to "go". We have to met each our our students where he or she is at and teach him or her the best prevention and self-advocacy skills we possibly can. With 1 in 4 typical girls and 1 in 7 typical boys abuse before age 18 and even more children with disabilities must at least try to stop our students from becoming statistics.
Facts and Figures
- Canadian Department of Public Health
- National Resource Center for Respite and Crisis Care
- Seven Steps to Preventing Abuse
Abuse Prevention Teaching Tips
- Strategies for Minimizing the Risk of Sexual Abuse
- How to Talk About Sexuality, Don't Wait for A Crisis
Commercial Abuse Prevention Materials for Those with Disabilities
Power Point on Abuse Prevention for those with Multiple Disabilities
(available on Putstuff for thirty days only, after that comment and I will send it to you).