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Children with Disabilities: Victimization, Sexuality and Communication

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This workshop is designed for victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, disability advocates, and other criminal justice, medical, and social service personnel who work with children with disabilities. Participants will develop an awareness of victimization of children with disabilities and how assumptions and attitudes toward disability can affect the outcome of services by law enforcement and victim advocates.

Additionally, the participants will be presented with information on addressing access and accessibility for children with disabilities as well as develop skills for communicating effectively with individuals with autism, intellectual and other communication disabilities.

Course Objectives

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of using appropriate language to address and treat children with disabilities.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of the unique characteristics of children with disabilities that make them susceptible to abuse.
  • Participants will develop specific communication skills to effectively interview children with autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and speech/language impairments.


Scott Modell, Ph.D. – Dr. Modell is a Professor and Director of the Autism Center for Excellence at California State University, Sacramento. He is an expert in disability etiology, characteristics, interview techniques, and abuse. He has over 100 refereed published articles and abstracts presented at state, national and international conferences on disability related issues. Dr. Modell’s current research focus is on autism and dependent adults and their interactions with the criminal justice system.

Presented by New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention.

This project was supported by the New Mexico Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention.


Four Law Enforcement credits hours have been approved #NM10191L. “The NM Counseling & Therapy Practice Board has approved four Counseling Credit hours. The NM Social Work Board honors the Counseling Board Credits. Provider #0082091”