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Creating Accessible Sexual Assault Services for People with Disabilities

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This pamphlet is designed for managers of sexual assault programs who strive to ensure that their agencies and services are accessible and welcoming to survivors with disabilities.

If you are involved in activities to end assault and abuse against women, then you are aware that there are increased risk factors for women who have less privilege and power. Women with disabilities may be among those with the least privilege and power.

Providing architectural and service access, appropriate accommodation to survivors with disabilities is a matter of justice. It is also a matter of law. Programs serving sexual assault survivors are covered under portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, if they receive federal funds.

Throughout this publication, the legal minimum requirements to which programs must adhere are outlined. However, even though minimum legal requirements are met, programs may still not be fully accessible or accommodating. This publication also proposes options and solutions that will take your agency beyond what is legally required, in the hopes of making each agency welcoming and easily accessible by people with disabilities.

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Reviewed: May 10th, 2016