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Recent News

New Publication Outlines AACs' Available Victim Services (5/4/21)

When people with disabilities are victims of or witnesses to a crime, forensic interviewers with specialized training in working with people with disabilities can be the best option for gathering court-admissible information about the incident. The victim and/or their family may also need guidance from a specialized victim advocate, who... Read more...

New AACs Guidebook Offers Help for Human Trafficking Victims with Disabilities in Ohio (4/23/21)

NEW TODAY! The Adult Advocacy Centers are releasing a new publication that puts Ohio at the forefront in the fight against human trafficking, focusing on the needs of people with disabilities. The publication, A Resource Guidebook for Human Trafficking Victims and Survivors with Disabilities, was written in partnership with consulting... Read more...

Expand Your Knowledge in an Upcoming Project FIND Training (3/24/21)

The Adult Advocacy Centers and our partners at Modell Consulting Group currently offer four different Project FIND trainings for professionals who want to improve their skills when conducting forensic interviews for victims with disabilities. All trainings are free and online, but seats are limited. Read more...

The AACs Support the AAPI Community (3/18/21)

Hate and violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has a long and abhorrent history in our country. In the last year, hate crimes and other incidents of violence against AAPI people have increased, stoked by white supremacist rhetoric and COVID-19 disinformation. Read more...

New AACs Annual Report Released (1/28/21)

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. Read more...

Adult Advocacy Centers and 26 Partner Organizations Ask State Legislators to Remove Harmful Language from State Law (1/13/21)

Today the Adult Advocacy Centers and 26 partner organizations from around the state sent a letter to state lawmakers requesting that Ohio work to remove language from the Ohio Constitution and the Ohio Revised Code that is degrading and harmful to people with disabilities. These words include such words as... Read more...

UPDATED: Bring Light to Our Neighbors in OhioMHAS Hospitals with a Gift from Our Wish List Project (12/15/20)

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, cases are once again rising, and we’re facing a difficult winter. As we did in the spring when the pandemic first started, we wanted to bring some light to our neighbors seeking care in the psychiatric hospitals operated by Ohio Department of Mental Health... Read more...

Learn about Medical Forensic Exams in the AACs’ New FAQ Booklet (12/14/20)

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. Read more...

New Guidebook Offers Tips for Jurists (12/1/20)

Today the Adult Advocacy Centers are releasing A Jurist’s Guide for Criminal Cases Involving Individuals with Disabilities to help Ohio jurists create strategies that ensure people with disabilities have meaningful interactions, accommodations, treatment and access when intersecting with the justice system, within the constraints of the law. Read more...

New AACs Guidebook Explains Informed Consent for People with Disabilities (9/30/20)

The foundation of informed consent is the ethical principle that people should have a right to decide what is to be done with their body. The Adult Advocacy Centers today are releasing a new guidebook to assist advocates, providers and medical professionals who work with people with disabilities to better... Read more...

New AACs Report: Human Trafficking Victims with Disabilities Need More Support (9/25/20)

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, which also includes the AACs’ planned next steps to... Read more...

New AACs Publication Offers Guidance for Forensic Nurses (9/17/20)

Today the Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) are releasing a new publication to assist Ohio’s Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) as they provide medical forensic care for crime victims with disabilities. Read more...

New Brochure Illustrates Plans for Regional Adult Advocacy Centers (9/16/20)

Plans are in motion to build 10 specially designed regional centers throughout Ohio. These centers will bring together highly trained teams of professionals to perform forensic interviews and collect evidence in crimes against adults with disabilities, including cases of assault, sexual violence, domestic violence and human trafficking. Read more...

AACs, Modell Consulting Group Celebrate First Academic Publication (9/1/20)

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. Read more...

Collaboration Leads to New Legacy Guide for Older Adults (7/21/20)

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. With that in mind, the Adult Advocacy Centers, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County and Dr. Diana Spore have worked... Read more...

Spread the Word about Our Advocacy Survey (7/10/20)

The Adult Advocacy Centers have created a survey to learn more about how our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities think about advocacy. Read more...

Supporting Seniors with Disabilities During COVID-19 (6/23/20)

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed every part of our society and brought to light inequalities and risk factors that must be addressed as we move forward together. Foremost on the mind of Adult Advocacy Centers consultant Dr. Diana Spore has been the mental health and well-being of seniors with disabilities,... Read more...

New AACs report highlights effects of pandemic on I/DD community (5/14/20)

In April, the Adult Advocacy Centers sent out a survey to assess just how much the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ohio. A total of 134 people responded, and the results have now been gathered in a new report titled COVID-19... Read more...

Adult Advocacy Centers hope to empower I/DD community with new safety planning guidebooks (5/1/20)

Today the Adult Advocacy Centers are releasing two tools meant to help people with developmental and intellectual disabilities think through and document their personal safety networks. Read more...

Pattern for mask with clear window panel now available (4/30/20)

Early in April, college student Ashley Lawrence made national news when she designed a face mask with a clear panel that makes communication easier for deaf and hard of hearing people. That news coverage led to many front line workers in Ohio’s disability community wondering how they could find something... Read more...

Support our neighbors at Ohio’s developmental centers (4/24/20)

For more than a month, residents of Ohio’s eight developmental centers (DCs) have not been able to have visitors or take part in group activities. Although this action is necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19, it’s difficult to be so isolated " especially if your disability makes it hard... Read more...

AACs ready to help Ohio agencies by offering crime victims’ services (4/10/20)

The Adult Advocacy Centers have heard from our partners in crime victims’ services that COVID-19-related staff shortages are making it harder for them to serve their clients. We believe that we are all in this together, so we’d like to offer the following services free of charge to partnering agencies... Read more...

Fulfill a neighbor’s need with our Wish List project (4/2/20)

Social distancing is a critical part of slowing the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to keep all Ohioans safe, the state made the difficult decision to suspend visitation at facilities where people receive care, including Ohio’s six state-run psychiatric hospitals. Read more...

A Resource Guide for Ohioans with Disabilities: How To Stay Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus (3/20/20)

The Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) have created this list of resources for people with disabilities and their care providers. Read more...

New AAC resources explain multi-disciplinary teams and common acronyms (3/9/20)

Five new publications from the Adult Advocacy Centers provide additional information about our agency’s important work. Read more...

New Prosecutor’s Guide provides practical help for prosecuting crimes against people with disabilities (2/21/20)

Today the Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) are proud to release a new publication, Prosecutor’s Guide for Crimes Involving Victims with Disabilities, which provides practical help for prosecutors in Ohio as they work to build cases against perpetrators of crimes against people with disabilities. Read more...

Now Hiring: Director of Outreach & Community Supports (2/9/20)

The Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) are hiring a Director of Outreach & Community Supports. Read more...

AACs invited to present at mental health conference in Paris (12/17/19)

The Adult Advocacy Centers have received an invitation to present at the 2nd World Mental Health Congress in Paris, France, in June 2020. Read more...

Adult Advocacy Centers to present at three international conferences (12/4/19)

The Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) have been invited to present their groundbreaking model to international audiences at three upcoming conferences. Read more...

New survey of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities outlines critical need for services for victims of crime with disabilities (11/9/19)

Today, Ohio’s newly formed Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) have released a report that outlines the critical need for services, supports and protocols to help victims of crime with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the state. The report, entitled Needs Assessment 2019, summarizes a survey the AACs sent to 88... Read more...