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Violence & Abuse Task Force Requests Input from NCIL Membership on Adult Protective Services & People with Disabilities

Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, Administration for Community Living, spoke during the Closing Plenary at NCIL’s 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living. During her speech, she addressed several of NCIL’s legislative and advocacy priorities, including violence and abuse against people with disabilities and the elderly.  She specifically shared that she wanted to learn more about the issues and planned on addressing violence and abuse as one of her priorities. 

Many times, you hear speakers say things and make commitments that don’t end up with results, but not this time!  Ms. Greenlee has reached out to NCIL seeking contact with the NCIL Violence and Abuse Task Force and has set up a conference call with the Co-Chairs to begin a dialogue.  She has an upcoming speaking engagement where the audience will be Adult Protective Services and has reached out to us for input into her presentation.

Roberta Sick and Jan Derry, Co-Chairs, are in turn, reaching out to NCIL members soliciting stories about your experience working with adult protective services.  We are looking for both positive and negative stories that demonstrate that APS is or is not responsive to the needs of people with disabilities.  Please share your stories with Jan Derry at jderry@nwvcil.org or Roberta Sick at sick@uark.edu so we can share them with Ms. Greenlee during our upcoming discussion. Tell us what your experiences have been.

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