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Who We Are

Disability victim services and forensic interview training

The Adult Advocacy Centers exist to teach the world how to hear what people with disabilities have to say—particularly when they are victims of crime or abuse.

Plans are in motion to develop 10 regionally located permanent centers and one fully outfitted RV mobile unit, each providing space for a multi-disciplinary team. These teams will include law enforcement, prosecutors, medical staff, victim advocates, mental health specialists, forensic interviewers and representatives from each of Ohio’s disability-specific agencies. This model is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Read about the Adult Advocacy Centers' model

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Project FIND’s Virtual Training

Project FIND trainings—Forensic Interviewing for Individuals with Disabilities—are designed to teach professionals how to make appropriate accommodations when conducting forensic interviews with crime victims with disabilities, including those who do not speak.

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What’s New

2/19/21 NEW
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Black History Month, Inclusion Style

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2/3/21
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Guardianship for Older Adults with Disabilities: A Double-Edged Sword

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1/28/21
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New AACs Annual Report Released

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Recent Publications

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AACs Annual Report 2020

This past year has been full of unexpected twists and turns due to the ongoing precautions in place for COVID-19. Yet even with all the uncertainties, the Adult Advocacy Centers have been able to forge ahead and make impactful change for crime victims with disabilities throughout Ohio.

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Understanding Medical Forensic Exams

After a crime occurs, victims may choose to undergo a medical forensic examination, in which a forensic nurse examiner (FNE) documents their injuries and gathers evidence that may be used in the prosecution of the crime. This document answers questions about those important exams.

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Needs Assessment: Human Trafficking and People with Disabilities

In an effort to evaluate the services needed for victims of human trafficking with disabilities, the Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) sent a survey to Ohio’s 24 Anti-Trafficking Coalitions, and 14 coalitions responded. Their responses have been collected in our new report.

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A Forensic Nurse Examiner’s Guide to Caring for Patients with Disabilities

This guide was created to assist Ohio’s Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) as they provide medicalforensic care involving crime victims with disabilities.

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Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Disabilities and Adult Advocacy Centers

The Adult Advocacy Centers and Modell Consulting Group are celebrating the publication of our first academic article, Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Disabilities and Adult Advocacy Centers, in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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A Guide to Leaving Your Mark Through Legacy Writing and Projects

The historic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity for reflection, particularly for older adults, who have much to teach us about sacrifice and resilience.

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Ways to Support

Make a Donation

The Adult Advocacy Centers are revolutionary in the field of crime victim services. We need allies like you to help us to build our centers, outfit our mobile RV, hire our expertly trained staff and get our new programs off the ground. 

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What Your Gift Supports

We're raising money for something no one has ever done before: a mobile RV unit and regional centers to provide critical services for adult crime victims with disabilities.

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Fundraising

Help us help Ohioans with disabilities by creating your own fundraising campaign. Learn how to set up a Facebook fundraiser or send us your own creative ideas.

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