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Title: Promoting Healthy Relationships in Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Limper, Nicole
Keywords: Summa Cum Laude
Family Social Science
University Honors Program
Issue Date: 27-Aug-2012
Abstract: Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at a far greater risk to experience abuse within their life span. At the Arc Greater Twin Cities, advocates are attempting to address this problem through resource development, policy support, and education. Throughout this past year, I have completed over 180 hours at the Arc Greater Twin Cities in the areas of abuse prevention and public policy. I provided the Arc with support through developing, collecting, and organizing resources, developing partnerships with local community organizations, engaging in public policy work, and developing curriculum for use in “Girl Talk”, an abuse prevention effort for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This thesis will explore the issues at hand and the alarming rate of abuse against persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the methods section, I explore my work at the Arc Greater Twin Cities. The conclusion of my thesis is the curriculum that I designed for “Girl Talk”. This curriculum is split into six modules exploring different types of relationships, boundaries within these relationships, and how self-advocates can be engaged with supporting abuse prevention efforts in this population. This curriculum is designed to address the fact that many women with disabilities feel that they themselves and their relationships are not valued. It gives these women a chance to advocate for themselves, to interact with other women, and to learn about different relationships and systems impacting their lives. The work that I contributed at the Arc Greater Twin Cities is imperative to the Twin Cities community, because unfortunately, there is insufficient support for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities to assist them in developing healthy relationships.
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