Challenging the Wide-spread Mistreatment and Abuses of People With Disabilities:

featuring BBC news report on treatment of disabilities in Ukraine institutions

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Wednesday August 3, 2022 

3:00 PM – 5:00 pm Pacific

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Mountain

5:00 – 7:00 PM Central

6:00 – 8:00 PM PM Eastern & Atlantic Standard

6 AM Eastern Australia, 12 PM Hawaii, 7 PM Brazil Standard, 11 PM in Ireland & UK


Main Presenter: Katherine Yoder, Executive Director of the Adult Advocacy Centers, a disability led organization whose vision is to serve adults with disabilities who are alleged victims or witnesses of abuse, maltreatment, or neglect. The staff and partner agencies are expertly trained to meet the needs of every individual in a holistic manner, ensuring they are the center of the investigation and treatment plan. The Adult Advocacy Centers’ model is to design and build centers with disability specific accommodations beyond ADA requirements. Centers will provide trauma-responsive victim advocacy and mental health services.  See:

As a part of this event, MFI will present a new 8 minute BBC film documenting the abuses of people with disabilities in Ukraine occurring before and after Russia’s invasion, and during the war that is now raging. A guest speaker from Disability Rights International will talk about what people with disabilities live with in Ukraine.

Katherine Yoder is a person with disabilities herself, and she has worked with people with disabilities in various capacities throughout her career, from direct care to investigating crimes against people with disabilities across the state of Ohio. This work revealed the glaring gaps in the different systems when a crime is committed against a person with a disability. After co-authoring the Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities (Project FIND) protocol, Katherine founded the Adult Advocacy Centers to serve crime victims with disabilities in March 2019. She also co-authored the Project FIND Adapted protocol for individuals who do not speak. She is a certified forensic interviewer and has been an advocate for people with disabilities for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park University and a Master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Katherine has previously served on the Mortality Review Committee for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. She is a Nonviolence 365 Ambassador with the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In 2018, Katherine received the Equality in Advocacy Award from Ohio Victim Witness Association, and in 2021, the Social Justice Award from the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.

Judi’s Room

The meeting is a part of MFI’s regularly scheduled  educational series called Judi’s Room, a collaboration between MindFreedom International and the organization I Love You, Lead On (named for the favored quote by ADA champion Justin Dart).Judi’s Room is named after the famed human rights leader, Judi Chamberlin. It is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required.

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