Indiana Disability Justice & Violence Prevention

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About Indiana Disability Justice & Violence Prevention

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Summary About Us
This Patreon has been created through a coalition of people with disabilities/self-advocates, disability service providers, and caregivers who have a common goal of increasing holistic wellness of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, restorative and transformative accountability, policy change, and research.  Our larger working group is called the Indiana Abuse Prevention Disability Task Force.  The Task Force Mission statement is: to support statewide efforts to prevent violence and enhance independence and wellness among people with disabilities. Our efforts are centered on the voices and actions of people with disabiltiies and it operates on a mix of practices including social justice, public health, and popular education. We are a group that is a work in progress and we are continually involving self-advocates, agencies, service providers, and caregivers. This is our central content hub for all materials we create together and all our content is free!  We created this space as a way to ensure that the materials we create are not "owned" by any single entity and instead are publicly available and accessible.  Please note that we do invite people to make donations to this page, but these will NOT impact your access to our content. 100% of the funds we receive here will be used to pay our webinar speakers who are people with disabilities.

How to Navigate and Use this Hub
Feel free to look through the posts on this page.  If you would like to instead find content based on the intended audience, publication type, or content, search for one of the following tags.  Note that each post can only have 5 tags, so sometimes we may be limited in how completely we can tag posts.

Audience Tags (Who is the post intended for?)
  • Providers
  • Caregivers
  • Survivors
  • People with Disabilities
  • Allies
  • Everyone

Publication Type Tags (What is the intended impact of the post?)
  • Artwork
  • Best Practices
  • Book Review
  • Educational
  • Event Review
  • Media Review
  • Survivor Voices
  • Personal Stories
  • Resources
Content Tags (What is in the post?)
  • Research and Data
  • News
  • Legislation
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Communities
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Sexuality
  • Consent
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Physical Abuse
  • Child Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Maltreatment
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Accountability

Abuse Prevention Disability Task Force History
This task force was envisioned by Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, M.A. of the El Dorado Miwoks, early in 2018.  Cierra has been focused on disability justice for many years through funding from the Rape Prevention Education (RPE) Grant and quickly invited Skye Ashton Kantola, another RPE grantee with a history in marginalized community organizing and violence prevention education, to co-create the Task Force (learn more about Cierra and Skye below).  As both of us are survivors of poly-violence and disabled self-advocates, we have desired from the inception of the Task Force that the working group be centered on the needs, strengths, and desires of people with disabilities and survivors.  

During 2018, the Task Force did our ground work, inviting as many self-advocates, ally advocates, service providers, and caregivers as possible.  Our foundational ground consists of 44 members with about 15 very active leaders, with about a third of us having disabilities and several of us having developmental and/or cognitive disabilities.  We designed our meeting structures to be more accessible than most meetings many of us have been a part of, including ensuring multiple ways to attend meetings and make decisions, allowing for a slower meeting flow and inviting questions, and developing our goals and subcommittees.  Given the momentum we build in 2018, both Cierra and Skye submitted additional funding requests to our grantors for the 2019-2020 funding year to expand the efforts of the Task Force and we were both awarded these funds!

Subcommittees and Current Actions
In 2019, the Task Force is working on approximately 6 objectives to positively impact the wellness of people with disabilities with a focus on those with developmental and cognitive disabilities and those who are experiencing institutionalization and/or those who do not have legal guardianship over themselves.  We have 3 subcommittees: the Data Subcommittee, responsible for collecting research and information about disability in Indiana, the Policy Subcommittee, responsible for assessing state and institutional/agency policies around disability, and the Education Subcommittee, which will eventually assist with various educational goals we may develop through the other two subcommittees.

Our 6 goals this year include:
  1. Developing and implementing a survey tool to assess safety, independence, and sexual wellness of people with disabilities in Indiana who have experienced sexual harm. Do people with disabilities feel successful in their own goals? Do they feel supported in having dreams and goals? Are they provided with accurate, comprehensive sexual education? Do they have access to supported decision making and the least restrictive living situation possible for their situation?  From the perspective of survivors with disabilities, how can we better prevent sexual violence against people with disabilities?
  2. Review state statutes regarding disability.  This is a goal so we may be better informed of the current state of protections and risks for harm against people with disabilities, and better advocate for legislative changes that reflect best practices for preventing sexual and other forms of interpersonal violence against people with disabilities.
  3. Developing and implementing a survey tool to identify what service provision agencies are doing to ensure wellness and independence of the people with disabilities who they serve and how they are preventing harm against people with disabilities.  We want to understand from the perspective of service providers and administrators: What are there needs to provide better services?  What do they feel they are doing well?  What kinds of support could they use?  What do they want to learn about and improve upon?  What does reporting of harm against consumers look like and how do they support accountability?
  4. Developing an online hub for our efforts, which we are accomplishing with Patreon!
  5. Implementing at least 5 new webinars focused on disability justice and sexual violence prevention.  We are always looking for input on what topics people would like us to cover, so please feel free to reach out and let us know!
  6. Developing and implementing creative, community-building evaluation strategies to assess our effectiveness.  Because we want to know if we are doing things well, in survivor-centered and accessible ways and how we might continue to improve!

About Cierra
Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, M.A. of the Miwok of the El Dorado Rancheria joined the movement to end sexual and domestic violence in 1998 as a survivor and an activist. After 17 years as a victim’s advocate who also coordinated prevention efforts for shelters in Oregon and Indiana, Cierra was invited to join the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) prevention team in 2015 in order to focus more intentionally on priority or underserved populations. Ms. Thomas-Williams now works collaboratively with the ICADV prevention team to develop, implement, evaluate and report on strategies supporting Indiana’s sexual violence prevention plan and intimate partner violence prevention plan as they relate to underserved and marginalized populations, including teens and people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

About Skye (she and they)
Skye Ashton Kantola is the Program Coordinator at the Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA), a queer and trans community organizer, and an engaged artist. Skye’s passion for violence prevention is rooted in their experiences an autistic, disabled trans person, a survivor, and borne in part from their experience with crisis intervention and community organizing work in Texas. After moving to Indiana in 2012, they became the lead facilitator and Director of Trans Lafayette, a local trans support and anti-oppression organization based out of Lafayette, IN until 2016. Since 2015, Skye has also served as the Communication Director of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc., a U.S.-based internationally reaching organization committed to utilizing critical pedagogy and non-traditional theatre for social change, violence prevention, and anti-oppression work. In 2017 they were elected to serve as Co-President of PTO. Skye now facilitates interactive and experiential workshops towards ending sexual violence via MESA, writes and performs spoken word poetry, and creates visual art focused on trauma, survivorship, and resiliency through their small art adventure, Faerie Bear Art.

Contact Us
INdisabilityjustice @ gmail. com.
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