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Curricula for People with Special Needs

Curricula for People with Special Needs

**Kid&TeenSAFE: An Abuse Prevention Program for Youth with Disabilities** by Wendie H. Abramson and Iracema ‘Cema’ Mastroleo for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2002)

  • This publication was developed by SafePlace: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center in Austin, Texas. A project ofSafePlace’s Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program), its goal is to encourage community-based programs and schools to join forces in providing comprehensive prevention and intervention services that address the problems of abuse in students’ lives.
  • It has sections on abuse to children and youth with disabilities, the need for school-based programs, Kid&TeenSAFE project history, Kid&TeenSAFE overview, program components, implementation issues, replication issues, and future directions. It includes contact information and references, as well as appendices which provide needs assessment tools, recommended curricula, resources, checklists, evaluations, feedback forms, surveys, order form, fact sheets, and a sample flyer.
  • It’s section on abuse to children and youth with disabilities provides details on the effects of violence and abuse on children, issues exclusive to children with disabilities, risk factors for abuse or exploitation, and incidence using cited statistics. It discusses sexual assault and sexual abuse incidence and risk factors, as well as some sexual abuse prevention and intervention service options including sexuality education.
  • Its program components section has descriptions of the classroom presentations and strategies for educators including: “Teaching about Feelings, Touches and Words”, “teaching No-Go-TELL”, “Teaching about Body Parts”, “Teaching about Sexual Harassment / Bullying”, “Role-play examples”, and “Teaching Healthy Sexuality Education”. The program is sensitive to all disabilities, serving children with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, Down syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, traumatic brain injury, deaf, blind, visually impaired, behavioral or emotional disorder, and speech impairment.

For materials for deaf audiences, visit Posters, Brochures, and other Materials on Violence Against Women Prevention

Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities curriculum from The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)