Adults and youths with disabilities experience violent crime, including sexual assault, two to three times more often than people without disabilities.
And sometimes the abuser is the very person charged with caring for the person with the disability—a nursing home assistant, home healthcare provider, physical or occupational therapist, volunteer, teacher’s aide, or even a family member. Disabilities, including everything from Alzheimer’s Disease to mental retardation, autism, speech or hearing impairments, developmental delays, or mental illness, can challenge the skills or patience of the provider and put the person at risk.
People with disabilities may have limited communication skills and are often less able to defend themselves. Or, they may be afraid to complain or report when they are mistreated for fear the abuser will retaliate or abandon them. They feel trapped and the abuse may continue, even escalate. Which is exactly why you need to do everything possible to keep this from happening.
Praesidium helps programs that serve adults and youths with disabilities proactively manage their risk of physical and sexual abuse. Click on the links below to learn more about the services Praesidium can provide to your organization.