People with disabilities have always had a voice. We’re just teaching the world different ways to listen.
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Who We Are

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. We are a disability-led national organization piloting our groundbreaking programs in Ohio. 

Plans are in motion to develop regional permanent centers and fully outfitted RV mobile units throughout the state, 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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Virtual Training

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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Virtual Training

What’s New

10/22/21 NEW
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Words and Language Matter, Part 2: How We Talk or Write about Disability

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10/15/21 NEW
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Words and Language Matter: How We Talk or Write about Mental Illness

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9/20/21
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New White Paper Explains the Need for the Adult Advocacy Centers

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Recent Publications

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Adult Advocacy Centers: A Comprehensive Response for Adult Crime Victims with Disabilities

Consultant Susan Kahan, MA, LCPC, has authored a new white paper that explains the systemic problems the Adult Advocacy Centers are working to solve for adult crime victims with disabilities.

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DD Self-Advocacy Groups

This document is a list of contact information for self-advocacy groups that serve people with developmental disabilities throughout the state.

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AACs DD Advocacy Guidebook

This guidebook was created to provide advocacy information and resources to people with developmental disabilities, professionals and family members.

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AACs Overview booklet

Read about the important work the Adult Advocacy Centers are doing, including trainings, victim advocacy services and working to build our RVs and Centers.

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Forensic Interviewing and Victim Advocacy Services for Survivors with Disabilities

Find out how to get forensic interviewing and victim advocacy services for people with disabilities for your agency in this new brochure.

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A Resource Guidebook for Human Trafficking Victims and Survivors with Disabilities

An Ohio-centered guidebook filled with information to help human trafficking victims and survivors with disabilities get help and support.

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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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