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Disability Justice, Violence Prevention, and Abolitionism Curriculum

In an effort to expand and enhance services to survivors with disabilities and Deaf and Hard of Hearing survivors, PCAR and IDJ have created a virtual learning resource to assist sexual assault programs, advocates, and other service providers in building capacity to work with people with disabilities. This curriculum is a self-paced, free learning opportunity for anyone interested in disability justice and violence prevention. 

Table of Contents

Disability Justice, Violence Prevention, and Abolitionism Curriculum Introduction

  • Purpose
  • Defining the Project
  • Cognitive Accessibility of Curriculum Language: Plain Language
  • Defining Disability
  • White Supremacy, Capitalism, Intersectionality, and Disability Justice
  • Notes on Language Choices
  • Values
  • Curriculum Outline

Section 1: Introduction to Disability Justice, Practicing Respect, and Identities 

  • Area 1: Disability Identities and Violence against People with Disabilities
  • Area 2: Models of Disability and Disability Justice as an Applied Framework
  • Area 3: Working More Effectively with Disabled Colleagues and Clients through Disability Justice

Section 2: Psychiatric and Traumagenic Disabilities

  • Area 1: Psychiatric and Traumagenic Disability Experiences
  • Area 2: Supporting Survivors with Psychiatric & Traumagenic Disabilities
  • Area 3: Connecting Psychiatry and Abolition

Section 3: Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities

  • Area 1: Decision Making and Dignity of Risk
  • Area 2: Safer Sex and Affirming Sexuality
  • Area 3: Collaboration and Advocacy

Section 4: Physical Disabilities

  • Area 1: Disability Visibility and Accessibility Basics
  • Area 2: Services & Collaboration with People with Physical Disabilities

Section 5: Blindness

  • Area 1: Blindness 101 – How to Interact with Blind People
  • Area 2: Creating Accessible Spaces and Materials
  • Area 3: Resources for Blind Survivors

Section 6: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities 

  • Area 1: Audism and Language Deprivation 
  • Area 2: Language Justice & Disability Justice 
  • Area 3:  Deaf Survivors and Deaf Experiences 
  • Area 4: Addressing Barriers for Deaf Survivors

Section 7: Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fatphobia, and Capitalist Profiteering 

  • Area 1: Lived Experiences of Chronically Ill People & Basic Allyship 
  • Area 2: Capitalism and the Medical Industrial Complex 
  • Area 3: Fat Liberation and Disability 

Section 8: Disability Justice, Policy, and Institutional Change 

  • Area 1: Organizational Policies & Capacity Building 
  • Area 2: Abolition, Violence Prevention, and Organizations
  • Area 3: Financing for Violence Prevention & Accessibility
  • Area 4: Organizational Culture

Section 9: Ableism, Violence, and Violence Prevention

  • Area 1: Lived Experiences of Ableism 
  • Area 2: Historic Examples of Ableism
  • Area 3: Types and Forms of Ableism
  • Area 4: Ableism and Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence 
  • Area 5: Ableism and Violence Prevention 

Appendix: Additional Resources 

  • Disability History
  • Disability Justice and Abolition 
  • Disability Justice and Intersectionality