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Project FIND Adapted Training

Forensic Interviewing Individuals Who Do Not Speak

The Adapted FIND three-day training is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and/or those working with individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures to communicate, speak few words or utilize a communication device. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Topics include:

  • Person First/Identity First Language;
  • History of Disabilities;
  • Statistics and Incident Rates;
  • Myths/Biases/Assumptions;
  • Language and Perspective;
  • Overview and Tips for Communicating with Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
  • Assistive Communication Devices;
  • Adapted Interviewing for Individuals Who Do Not Speak; and
  • Post-Interview Considerations.

Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training and practicing a multi-session interview based on an assigned case scenario on the final day.

Minimum Expectations:

  • Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min. 32 hours) and/or equivalent investigative or interviewing training
  • Demonstrated experience in interviewing and/or investigating allegations of abuse and neglect
  • Completion of Project FIND Advanced Certificate Training

Maximum Number of Attendees: 16

Conflict of Interest Statement

This training is for establishing and implementing a protocol that is legally defensible to assist in the prosecution of crimes against people with disabilities. It is not meant for professionals who may be hired as a third party to investigate or advise a private company or other organization on the prevention or uncovering of potential liability, which would be considered a conflict of interest. In keeping with its mission to protect crime victims with disabilities, the AACs reserve the right to reject such applicants.


Participants may earn 18 CEU hours through the SOH, CSWMFTB. In addition, the Department of Developmental Disabilities has approved 19.5 hours for Investigative Agents and Service and Support Administrators who attended this training.