Amplifying Self-Advocate Voices with Storytelling


People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at exponentially higher risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse than others. This is an epidemic of darkness and silence. From the experience of a passionate self-advocate survivor through the lens of a research-based project, this session will explore sexual assault prevention and healing through video-based storytelling. Participants will learn how to give voice to self-advocates using simple, accessible technology.

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  1. Examine the importance of self-advocates' storytelling to aid in the prevention and recovery of trauma.
  2. Learn how to capture and disseminate video of self-advocates telling their own stories.
  3. Explore possibilities of using storytelling with other student survivors in and out of the classroom.



Cynthia Burrow, Owner, Strategic Education Solutions, LLC

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