National leader in sexual health advocacy headlines Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., hosts online discussions about the importance of sexual self-advocacy People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disproportionately impacted by all forms of abuse, including sexual assault. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the rate of serious violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) for persons with disabilities is…

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Developmental disability advocates, self-advocates and elected officials meet at the Capitol for Disability Rights Legislative Day

More than 200 disability advocates from around Missouri rallied together at the State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, March, 9, for Disability Rights Legislative Day. The day, themed Power in Unity, featured speakers focused on issues including education, Employment First, residential provider and care, infrastructure and voting accessibility. Elected officials Gov. Mike Parson, treasurer…

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Emily Hartley appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Advisory Committee


Emily Hartley, Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council Deputy Director, was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Committee by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, effective Feb. 18, 2022.   Advisory Committees have recently examined water affordability, school discipline disparities, policing practices, mental health and the criminal justice system, legal financial obligations, fair housing, hate crimes, voting rights, maternal…

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