Treat people like people.
Good intentions can’t stop abuse.
Working with the Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (OMHDD), we explored the issue of abuse and neglect, and how it impacts adults living with disabilities. We quickly learned that there’s a difference between vulnerability and weakness. And that the most powerful force in reducing abuse could be found in the words of those directly affected by the issue.
We asked many individuals with disabilities to join us in a co-creation process, sharing their diverse perspectives to better inform support providers, care givers, and the world at large.
Why It Matters
The abuse and neglect of those living with disabilities would seem obviously unacceptable, yet it’s insidious, taking many forms, and often unnoticed by even the most caring among us. By taking the time to listen, to learn, and venture beyond our comfort zones, each of us has a chance to make a difference. When we recognize our common bond of humanity, we can we engage others with compassion, empathy and respect.