Presented by TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). In Session 1 of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s “Contemporary Issues in Disability and Criminal Justice” series, a panel of experts and self-advocate educators with disabilities will discuss a research-based training model called “Leading Forward” for law enforcement and emergency medical service providers. Through this model, self-advocate educators (SAEs) are trained in how to teach firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) providers, and law enforcement officials about the range of characteristics of people with ID/DD and how their behaviors and communication abilities may vary from the non-disabled population in crises or emergency situations.
- Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, Loyola College in Maryland
- Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy, School of Education, Loyola College in Maryland
- Patrick Chaney, Self-Advocate Educator
- Elaina Camacho, Self-Advocate Educator