Young people with physical and developmental disabilities are one of the highest risk populations for experiencing sexual violence although they are most often overlooked in conversations about sexual health and violence prevention. Youth-led prevention programs that strive for inclusivity should view young people with disabilities as stakeholders in sexual violence prevention work and create youth leadership programs that are not only accessible to, but center, a diversity of youth voices.
This two-part mini-series will address frameworks for understanding disability justice, particularly through the lens of decolonization and indigenous wisdom. Participants will be offered tools to explore how the intersections of ableism, racism, and ageism may manifest in intergenerational relationships, including strategies for structural and interpersonal assessment. This series will also discuss concrete and actionable techniques for relationship building, facets of programming that ensure accessibility, and outreach that uplifts the leadership of youth with disabilities. Lastly, this training will offer tools and insights into building safety through transformative education and key strategies for guiding youth-driven evaluation.