Contemporary Issues in Disability and Criminal Justice: Using Self-Advocate Educators with Disabilities (6-9-21)

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


“Learning to Lead” handout (1 slide per page)

“Learning to Lead” handout (2 slides per page)

“Learning to Lead” handout (3 slides per page)

“Learning to Lead” handout (outline)