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Next in the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area Adult Housing and Lifespan Care Solutions Initiative, sfautismsociety.org —
Wed., March 19, 2014: Protecting our Adult Children from Physical, Sexual, Financial and Emotional Abuse
Place: Freidenrich Conference Center, Palo Alto JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 94303
Speakers: Michael Gilfix, attorney, Gilfix and LaPoll; Pat McGinnis, executive director of the statewide consumer advocacy organization CANHR;Dana Hooper, executive director, Life Services Alternatives, Inc, a nonprofit operator of group homes for the developmentally disabled; David Nolley, PhD, vendored by the regional centers to consult to agencies on policy, conduct staff and parent trainings, and direct service to persons with disabilities who are troubled by unacceptable sexual expression and/or have been target of sex offenses.
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Intended audience: Tragically, abuse of ASD adults is prevalent, whether in institutions, group homes, or even in the community. Physical and sexual abuse of this extremely vulnerable population is common, but so is more subtle maltreatment and neglect, such as medical neglect, nutritional neglect, and emotional and financial abuse. Parents and agencies must be vigilant to erect zero-tolerance policies for abuse, but how can this realistically be done?
Refreshments will be served.
6:30 Introduction: Why the unprecedented numbers of dependent and vulnerable adults requires an emboldened emphasis on preventing all forms of abuse in a systematic way. This panel will focus on prevention of abuse, not reacting to abuse.
6:40 Pat McGinnis, CANHR, on the overall regulatory landscape around abuse of vulnerable people and important elements in any program (services or housing) to minimize risk of abuse.
7:05 Michael Gilfix, Gilfix & LaPoll, on what parents and families can do through trusts, estate plans and directives to promote ongoing safety of developmentally disabled family members.
7:30 Dana Hooper, LSA Homes, on training, hiring, and managing to create a positive, accepting atmosphere that minimizes stress and protects clients.
7:55 David Nolley, psychologist, on his experience working with perpetrators as well as victims, and practical advice for what parents can do to minimize risks to their children.
8:20 Q & A
8:45 End, with time for attendees to speak with panelists
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