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Safety and Assistive Technology
Technology is integral in the daily lives of all people. This session will explore the range of assistive technology used by people with disabilities, including common terms, definitions, and differences.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association defines assistive technology as "any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities."

This discussion will focus on how abusers may misuse that technology as a tactic of abuse and how people with disabilities can incorporate assistive technology into their safety planning. This session will help service providers better understand how to utilize assistive technology to remove barriers to safely and effectively serve survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors.

May 24, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Leslie Myers
Senior Program Associate @Center on Victimization and Safety
Leslie Myers joined Vera in October 2010 as a Senior Program Associate for the Accessing Safety Initiative (ASI). She provides technical assistance to grantees. Leslie also collaborates on the OVW national grant on Improving the Accessibility of OVW Funded Technical Assistance and Training project and works to prepare self-advocates to work with their peers who have experienced violence and abuse. Leslie also served as the co-project director for the Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities grant which was funded through OVC. Leslie has been working on issues related to violence against people with disabilities since 1994. In 1997, after losing her leg, Leslie made the issue her life’s mission while standing at the bottom of a set of stairs leading to a sexual violence agency where she was applying for an internship.