Community Safety Programs For Persons With Physical And Developmental Disabilities

Given the frequency of victimization among this population (90% of persons with disabilities will be abused in their lifetime), safety and awareness training education is of the utmost importance. Rather than viewing disabilities as impairments, GET SAFE trainers encourage their students to work with their abilities to make them stronger and safer.

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Presented in a fun, interactive style, training uses props, realistic scenarios and interactive activities, simple and appropriate language and examples, and repetition of key ideas to make this training stick.

This program is fully customizable based on a group’s needs. Topics can include:

  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Self-defense vs. fighting
  • Home, transportation and school safety
  • Interacting with law enforcement
  • Warning signs of abuse/tricks & lures
  • Healthy relationships
  • Bullying Prevention & Intervention
  • Phone/Internet Safety
  • Simple Escape/Defense Techniques
  • Safety Tool Options (canes, wheelchairs, etc.)

GET SAFE Consumer Advocacy Team (GSCAT) is a specialized, one-on-one approach to personal safety training. Developed in collaboration with leading attorneys, behaviorists, therapists, and other professionals in this field, GSCAT provides targeted training for individuals with developmental disabilities who:

  • Have experienced victimization
  • Demonstrated “at-risk” behaviors
  • Perpetrated crime

GSCAT Case Managers serve as advocates who assist service coordinators and educate clients on topics like:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Court advocacy
  • Safety awareness
  • Safer, healthier socialization and behavior outlets

GSCAT has been an ongoing program at the Regional Center of Orange County since 2007 and was adopted by Westside Regional Center and Inland Regional Center in 2008. GSCAT is also frequently included as an official component of diversionary programs for clients involved in the Orange and Los Angeles county courts.

Functional Legal Competency (FLC) is included as a training component of the GSCAT program for consumers court-ordered to undergo competency training. FLC is used to provide defendants with essential information regarding their legal situations and the process involved in assisting counsel in court, by increasing a consumer’s understanding of the charges, court-related proceedings, and the potential effects of the charge on the consumer’s life.

This program is designed to provide persons with developmental disabilities with the skills needed to create healthy relationships and safe sexual attitudes. GET SAFE’s aim is to (1) increase clients’ assertiveness, allowing them to know they have a voice and a choice, and (2) respect and recognize a person’s right to set boundaries and make choices about his/her relationships, which can decrease sexual and physical assaults. Healthy Relationships Education:

  • Provides students with a clear understanding of the importance of creating healthy relationships with others
  • Gives an opportunity to discuss the central topics and individual factors that affect healthy relationships
  • Equips students with the hands-on training and education to apply learned content to their lives.

GET SAFE has a curriculum designed to be flexible by gauging the retention and functionality of the students. The curriculum emphasizes a clear and continuously reinforced message about appropriate sexual/relationship behaviors and risk reduction. Instruction is customized to include a selection of topics.

Contact us today for more information on any of our Community Safety programs, or to schedule a customizable GET SAFE training designed to meet the needs of each student/organization!