In the United States, disabled individuals are over-represented as both victims of crime and those accused of crimes compared with their non-disabled counterparts. This overrepresentation is even higher for those with disabilities and other marginalized identities. NACDL and RespectAbility are offering a 60-minute webinar will cover the basics of disability, etiquette and language, and inclusion, as well as lay a strong foundation for how legal professionals can better serve individuals with disabilities in the criminal legal process.
Date & Time: February 29, 2024 | 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
- Ariel Simms (they/she), President and Chief Executive Officer, RespectAbility
- Graciano Petersen (he/him), Senior Director of Talent, Culture, and Training, RespectAbililty
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, legal professionals will be able to
- Explain the concept of disability, including both legal definitions of disability as well as disability as an intersectional identity.
- Utilize language and terminology generally preferred by those with disabilities, as well as the broader disability advocacy movement.
- Articulate the basic rights of disabled individuals participating in the criminal legal process.
- Implement 5 actions to support access, effective communication, and broader disability inclusion efforts, including in their office or agency.
- Name at least 3 resources that can support them in their work with disabled individuals and clients.
The program is open to all legal professionals. You do not need to be a member of NACDL to participate. The program is free to attend and is not being offered for CLE credit. Registration is available here.
Accessibility: NACDL strives to host inclusive and accessible events. Please let them know on your registration form what assistance they can provide to ensure you can fully engage with the program. The webinar will provide ASL interpretation and live CART services for this program. If you have other accessibility inquiries, please email Bonnie Hoffman at BHoffman@nacdl.org.