Statistics clearly indicate that children with disabilities are at a far greater risk of being abused than children without disabilities, but very few of these cases are reported and even fewer get the attention and services they require. Some times this is because the abuse is unknown, but often it is because professionals do not know how to investigate or treat a child abuse case when the victim has a disability.
The CAC Accessibility Toolkit was created by the Children’s Advocacy Center of North Dakota, working with a coalition of professionals from around the nation, to help multidisciplinary professionals better serve children with disabilities who have been abused. This website brings together a number of resources to aid professionals in serving children with various disabilities who are alleged victims of abuse. The resources presented here have come from numerous sources and are included or referenced in order to provide easy and quick access.
Accessing Resources and Information
The resources and information have been organized under the presenting disability and then divided by specific profession or discipline. For example, under Developmental Disabilities are tabs for Advocacy, Forensic Interviews, Investigations (Law Enforcement and CPS), Medical, Mental Health, and Prosecution. These tabs contain resources and tips for better serving a child with that given disability.
A Work in Progress
This site has been developed to be a “work in progress” in order to encourage greater dialogue and collaboration among professionals serving kids. Please CONTACT US if you have any ideas or additional resources to share.
This site was made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors and grantors: