Child Assault Prevention Project for Deaf Children

The VSDB (Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind) Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing presents a free half-day conference

celebrating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse and Neglect – Prevention & Perspectives from the Deaf Community

Friday, April 27, 2012

1:00pm – 4:30pm

The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind

Healy Hall Auditorium

Presentations will include:

1:00 – 2:30 “The Deaf Perspective: Raising the Bar for Sexual Abuse Prevention” by Shannon Reese, MA, NCC, Deaf Services Coordinator from the Alabama Department of Mental Health – Office of Deaf Services. Shannon is a Deaf professional with extensive professional experience in the area of child abuse and neglect. She will share professional perspectives on prevention and the impact of child abuse and neglect for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

2:45 – 4:00 “Breaking the Silence” by Joyce Allan, R.N., a registered nurse and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with 40 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Joyce is also a child of Deaf adults (CODA) who will tell her empowering story as a survivor of sexual abuse, including the powerful positive impact of the Deaf community on her personal journey. Joyce shares her experiences in honor of her mother, Marjorie Forehand, who attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

4:00 – 4:30 “The VSDB Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project” by the VSDB CAP Team. The VSDB CAP Team will share information about the primary prevention program available for elementary and middle school students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Virginia public schools. The CAP curriculum was developed by the International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP). Information about requesting this program for specific public school or community-sponsored programs will be shared.

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