We can reduce the incidence, duration, and impact of maltreatment experienced by children with disabilities ... Give children, parents, and peers the opportunity to learn strategies for personal safety, self-protection, confidence and advocacy.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
Kidpower, an internationally acclaimed child safety education nonprofit, is endorsed in a recent ASHA Leader magazine feature article about child maltreatment and strategies to protect children with disabilities, “Protecting the Most Vulnerable from Abuse,” by Harold Johnson, professor of special education.
Johnson tackles the difficult topic of child maltreatment with special urgency for children with disabilities: “Child maltreatment is a difficult topic to consider, discuss and study,” he writes. “But the unpleasantness for professionals pales in comparison to the horrific, life-changing experience of children who are experiencing the maltreatment. This experience is even worse for children with disabilities because they lack understanding of what they are experiencing, the language and communication skills to convey that they are being harmed, and sufficient self-advocacy and self-protection skills to stop the maltreatment.”
Johnson offers the following endorsement of Kidpower’s personal safety curriculum: “We can reduce the incidence, duration, and impact of maltreatment experienced by children with disabilities and improve the children's performance if we... Give children, parents, and peers the opportunity to learn the strategies for personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy identified on the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International website (Kidpower.org) and described in The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People (Van der Zande, 2012).”
The feature article appeared in the November issue of The ASHA Leader, a monthly news magazine whose circulation includes 150,000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists and communication science students, and other subscribers. The ASHA Leader is an official publication of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
“We are proud of our long history of adapting teaching methods and safety skills to help children with disabilities be safer,” says Kidpower founder and executive director Irene van der Zande. “Our Kidpower Safety Signs, the Safety Comics series and many other elements of our program curriculum were developed specifically to help people with speech and hearing disabilities learn skills to protect themselves from abuse, bullying and other violence.”
About Harold Johnson:
Harold Johnson, EdD, president-elect of DCDD, is a professor of special education in Michigan State University's Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. His research focuses on how web-based technologies and resources can be used to reduce isolation, facilitate collaboration, recognize excellence, and enhance teaching/learning within K–20 deaf education, as well as to investigate the maltreatment of children with disabilities.
About Irene van der Zande and Kidpower:
Irene van der Zande has been featured as a personal safety expert by USA Today, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal and is also the author of The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults, a comprehensive guide for understanding personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy for young people, and the Kidpower Safety Comic Series, which many families and schools use in their child abuse and violence prevention training programs. She is also the founder and executive director of Kidpower, a non-profit leader in personal safety and confidence-building skills education, whose programs are highly recommended by experts worldwide for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing abuse, kidnapping, bullying and other violence. Kidpower workshops, K-12 safety curriculum, books, videos and the Kidpower.org free resource library have helped to protect more than 2 million people, including those with special needs, from abuse, bullying and other violence since 1989.
Media contact: email safety(at)kidpower(dot)org for more information or to request an interview.