Child Abuse and Children with Disabilities: A New York State Perspective
Design and Production Team
Christine E. Pawelski, Ed.D., Principal Investigator
Peter M. Kurtz, Technical Project Manager
Alex Rowley, Video Editor and Production
Matthew Curinga, Lead Developer, Web Team
Michael Cennamo, Jr. Programmer, Web Team
Shara L. Smith and Abrar Al-Jazzaf
I-Shien Lei and Yaling Li
Jack Green, M. Ed - FLORIDA
Judy Allen - ILLINOIS
Margaret P. Creedon, PhD - ILLINOIS
Fr. Joe Mulcrone - ILLINOIS Director of the Catholic Office for the Deaf email@example.com
Leslie Bittleston - NEVADA
Additional support provided by:
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This website and previous CD-ROM was produced by Teachers College, Columbia University. Its publication was made possible by a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center, a program of Safe Horizon Inc. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency.
This website would never have been produced without the ongoing perseverance, support and advocacy for children with disabilities provided by Tom Hess and the members of the New York State Children’s Justice Task Force. Throughout the years, the Task Force continued to recognize this population of vulnerable children with ongoing attempts made in all of its work to provide more effective policies and enhanced training for multidisciplinary teams in this critical area.
As a result of the NYS Task Force advocacy, grant monies from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services were allocated to support this major resource development effort. However, this work would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of Christine Schoonmaker and Shana Pfeiffer of the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center, a program of Safe Horizon, Inc., along with Dr. Linda Hickson of the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University through which this Project was realized. It took this total system commitment to support this work.
Sincere thanks is also extended to the many Content Experts who were willing to lend their time and expertise to various aspects of the Project without whom we would not have had available the amount of quality material that is contained on this resource. The adding on of our State Partners reflects the growing willingness to share resources and build a “community of resource experts” in this area. It cannot be done alone! The publishers and authors are also to be applauded for giving full permission for copyrighted material to be included here, which reflects also their commitment to the importance of information access on this important topic.
There are no adequate words to thank all of the members of the Design and Production team who went way beyond the “call of duty” in order to provide the quality of work and efforts that are reflected in this website. It was a team effort that will be hard to duplicate in future projects.
However, the greatest appreciation is extended to the children and young people, along with their families who, without hesitancy, agreed to participate in the video taping for the various segments. It is their “voice” and desire to be heard and respected that is at the heart of the material that is presented. It is their hope that if we, as professionals, know more about “them”, we will be able to serve and truly protect them! It is for that reason alone that the entire team is grateful to have had this opportunity to work hard in order to provide this educational tool. We hope it can help make a difference in their lives! (Pawelski)
We also gratefully acknowledge all of the following for their participation and support:
Communication Disorders I-II
Victims with Disabilities?The Forensic Interview (Excerpt)
The McCormick Family
Autism Spectrum Interview (1)
Autism Spectrum Interview (2)
Autism Spectrum Interview (3)
Vulnerabilities to Consider
Visually Impaired Interview
Dr. Angelo Miranda, Teachers College, Columbia - Video Services
Rocky Schwarz, Teachers College, Columbia - Word Processing Center
Bob Tucker, Teachers College, Columbia - Health & Behavior Studies Department
Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, NY
Eva Bistritzky and Broadway Copy Center
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, NY
Audio Recordings done at the studios of Talking Books, American Foundation for the Blind, NY. Recorded by Peter Johnson and Elisabeth Rodgers, 2008.
Music used in the website:
“Honesty” by David Grimes
Honesty, Omnimusic 141
Franklin Douglas, Inc.
“Home Safe” by Brian Morris
From the Heart, Omnimusic 124
Franklin Douglas, Inc.