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New Curriculum on Abuse, Prevention and Empowerment of People with Disabilities

Abuse of people with disabilities and elders creates a significant barrier to independent living and full integration into the community. Abuse and mistreatment is defined as any unwanted, hurtful, dangerous, neglectful, frightening, insulting, oppressive, or demeaning behavior directed at a person or persons with disabilities. It can include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, or financial mistreatment, including theft, violation of privacy or autonomy, and crime, including hate crime.

To reduce the incidence of abuse, WID created a comprehensive training curriculum in English and Spanish to educate people with disabilities, services providers, and family members about abuse awareness and prevention strategies. Funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR), CAPE (Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment) explores fundamental issues of abuse, best-practices training approaches, and personal stories of resisting and recovering from abuse. CAPE focuses particularly on preventing abuse by anyone in a “helping role,” including informal or paid assistants, family members, and services providers.

Disability organizations, in concert with the domestic violence community, have taken the lead in developing training material/ curricula for shelters about disability access and inclusion for disabled women. With CAPE, WID takes the next step in offering comprehensive empowerment and self-protection tools directly to disabled people living independently. These tools include developing self-respect, asserting boundaries, getting help, disclosing abuse, knowing one’s rights, learning self-advocacy skills, practicing safety planning, and building resilience. These are the “CAPE-abilities” that can interrupt and prevent abusive behavior and help those recover who have experienced abuse. \

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