Online Workshop: Preventing People with I/DD from Becoming Offenders, Suspects, and Inmates

A Pre-Recorded, 90-Minute Online Workshop

Workshop Description

Note: This is a pre-recorded, online workshop. Upon purchase, you will receive access to the video recording, as well as any accompanying documents.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are more likely to be arrested, convicted, sentenced to prison and then, victimized in prison. Once in the criminal justice system, these individuals are less likely to receive probation or parole and tend to serve longer sentences due to an inability to understand or adapt to prison rules.

Although we don’t have specific data on the numbers of sexual crimes, you may know of cases or stories where someone with I/DD texts a sexual photo to someone, exposes themselves, downloads child pornography, follows someone around the mall, or does not get consent for sexual activity.

As sexuality educators we understand our role in preventing abuse, but what topics and strategies need to be used for preventing offending behaviors? In this workshop we will hear a personal story from a young man with a disability and his father. Through this personal story we will hear about prevention efforts that may have helped with this situation. We will also review statistics and examine what topics and strategies are important to use in your classes or one-on-one conversation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 90 minute webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Examine a personal story to gain insight into the reality of these situations.
  • Review current statistics for people with I/DD who are offenders, suspects, or inmates.
  • Explore why this is occurring and what prevention strategies and topics are useful in preventing these situations.

Workshop Price: $30

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Workshop Led by:

Brian Kelmar is the cofounder and Chairman of Legal Reform for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled (LRIDD), a parent advocacy group. LRIDD was created to help other parents who are going through similar situations and an advocacy for creating change in the criminal justice system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is a retired Navy Commander and carrier aviator. He has an undergraduate degree from Penn State, an MBA from Troy State and executive education from Harvard Business School. He lives with his wife in Richmond VA and proud parent of three boys. He enjoys running marathons.

Blake Kelmar is a graduate of Marshall University with a degree in journalism, history, and psychology. He is the first Eagle Scout in his family. Blake is an advocate for changing the stigma of people with disabilities. Blake enjoys doing freelance landscape photography. He likes going to beach, cooking, walking his dog, Aspen and watching college football. He resides in Norfolk.

Leigh Ann Davis is Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives at The Arc of the United States and directs the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD®). With over 22 years of experience working at the intersection of developmental disability and criminal justice, she envisioned and secured funding to create The Arc’s NCCJD. She also oversaw the development of NCCJD’s signature training tool, Pathways to Justice®, and works nationally and internationally to create inclusive justice for all.

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., CSE is a national expert and trains individuals, staff, and parents on sexuality and developmental disabilities. She teaches sexuality education to people with DD/ID as well as trains them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. Katherine is the author of an agency and school curriculum: Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and has developed two online courses; one to train professionals, Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101, and one for parents: Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality. Katherine has spent her career trying to elevate the status of all people, which is why the new name for her growing company is Elevatus Training.