On April in 2011 the DCDD Board decided to establish the prevention of maltreatment as experienced by children with disabilities as a "Special Project" of emphasis. This decision was based upon an analysis of existing CEC policy, standards and advocacy concerning the prevention of maltreatment
. This decision lead to presentations at the 2011
and the 2013
National CEC Convention and the publication of an article entitled "Protecting the Most Vulnerable From Abuse
" in the ASHA LEADER.
DCDD is now collaborating with Hands & Voices
and Kidpower International
on the "O.U.R. Children Project
." This Project is exploring if, and if so how, parents and professionals can integrate IFSP, IEP, and/or 504 documents to include the knowledge and skills needed to help children be both safe and successful in their school settings. A series of documents, entitled "Silence is NOT an Option
" are now being developed and reviewed for possible use in this work.
DCDD members interested in learning more about this effort to prevent the maltreatment of children with disabilities are encouraged to review the hyperlinked documents and to contact Harold Johnson (email@example.com) for more information. The safety and success of our children depends on you.