How Can We Do This Better? Caring for Survivors with Disabilities

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90 minutes

Originally Aired
November 7, 2023

Cathy Lynn Saunders
Cathy Lynn Saunders
Disability Rights Advocate,
Teresa Tudor
Illinois Department of Human
Services, Division of Family and
Community Services
Director’s Office
Pam Malin
Pam Malin
VAWA Project Coordinator / VOCA Disability Victim Advocate
Grace Frances
Grace Frances
Director of Community Partnerships for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
Jacque Bassett
Jacque Bassett
Chief Operations Officer for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
Angelita Olowo
Forensic Nursing Director, International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)

Our Community Conversation Series goes beyond the basics in forensic medical care, delving into advanced topics around quality care for sexual assault patients from different populations. This FREE webinar teaches key considerations in caring for survivors with disabilities. Expert panelists, including a survivor with disabilities, will discuss how to address person-centered communication, physical modifications and accommodations to the medical forensic exam, decision-making capacity, consent to treatment, and available resources. 

Join us, and bring your own questions and suggestions for how we can all do better. 

This webinar series is part of the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam (SAMFE) Virtual Practicum, an interactive training that teaches each step of the medical forensic exam. 


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain what medical forensic examiners need to know about people with disabilities  
  • Describe physical modifications to the medical forensic exam and how to ask about accommodations 
  • Explain decision-making capacity to consent and how to interact with guardians 
  • Collaborate on multi-disciplinary practices and policies that increase accessibility  


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641).

Registered Nurses can earn 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.

With a paid registration or subscription, you are free to personally listen to this webinar, as many times as you wish. You may also excerpt or cite the material following accepted conventions. However, you may not allow other individuals to listen to this webinar without their own registration or subscription.

This project is supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-22-GK-00265-ICJR awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice

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