Children and adults with disabilities are at much higher risk of violence, abuse and neglect than their non-disabled peers. Stigma, discrimination, lack of social supports, placement in institutional and community facilities, and communication barriers make abuse and neglect of people with disabilities more pervasive and harder to stop. The result is harm to personal health and safety, emotional well-being, and the ability to engage in daily life activities.
In some cases, a lack of legal protection makes abuse and neglect worse. Children in Michigan schools, for example, are subject to dangerous use of restraint and seclusion without any legal recourse.
People with disabilities benefit from policies that:
- Reduce or eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and other institutions.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of solitary confinement in prisons and juvenile justice facilities.
- Hold professionals accountable for abuse and neglect in nursing homes.
- Address the impact of human trafficking on people with disabilities.