For Disability Services Staff

Disability services staff can be the first person a victim turns to after they have experienced assault.

Disability service staff are important supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, in a recent needs assessment conducted by WEAVE, many staff members noted that they feel unequipped to respond to individuals who have experienced sexual assault.  Staff noted a great need for training around topics such as response to individuals who have experienced sexual assault or trauma, healthy relationships, and safe sexuality for people with disabilities.

To address this need, members of WEAVE collaborated to create a three-part series of training videos, specifically for disability services staff. The goal of this training video series is to provide disability services staff with the knowledge and tools to identify and respond to sexual assault with a trauma-informed, Culture of Gentleness approach. Though these videos were created with disability services staff in mind, guardians, police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers and others can also benefit from learning about the topics covered here.

For questions about these videos or about training opportunities offered by WEAVE, please contact the WEAVE Program Coordinator, Sara Rumbarger, LLMSW, at or 616-426-3729.

Part 1 of 3: An Overview of Sexual Assault

Part 2 of 3: Understanding the Effects of Sexual Assault

Part 3 of 3: Promoting Safety and Responding to Sexual Assault