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The O.U.R. Children Project has been moved to two different Web sites:

1. Parent Focus: Hands & Voices - O.U.R. Children Project

2. Professional Focus: Deaf Education Web site - Knowledge Base page - "O.U.R. Children Project: Recognition, Reporting, Response & Prevention of Child Maltreatment" bullet

Please go to one of the new sites for ongoing information regarding this effort to enhance the safety and success of all children with disabilities.


Dr. Harold Johnson
Emeritus Professor/Kent State University

O.U.R Children Project (Observe, Understand, & Respond)Community of Learners to Enhance the Safety and Success of Children with Disabilities
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A Hands & Voices Project
Project Directors:Harold Johnson ( & Janet DesGeorges (

This Project has been designed to assist learning and research that serves to prevent, or at least reduce the frequency, duration, and impact of abuse and neglect as experienced by children with disabilities.

Individuals interested in participating in the Project are asked to contact Harold Johnson, or Janet DesGeorges. Project participants are asked to assist by: 1) sharing information concerning child abuse and neglect; 2) identifying "Bright Spots"; and 3) participating in Project activities.

Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities Resource Directory for Service Providers

National Center for Victims of Crime

"This Resource Directory is designed to help community advocates working in the fields of crime victim assistance, disability services, law enforcement, and allied professions improve their response to victims with disabilities.Subject listings in the side bar provide quick access to specific sections of the directory.

This resource directory was assembled largely from materials freely available on the Internet. Additional materials were identified by our colleagues in the victim and disability services community.
While this resource listing is extensive, we realize that additional relevant resources may exist and that new materials are being created every day. The National Center remains interested in gathering those additional resources. Please feel free to contact us at if you have suggestions or comments."

Recognizing, Prevention and Reporting Child Abuse

Web site provides concise information re. the following points:
  • Child Abuse Hotline ph numbers
  • Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect
  • Effects of child abuse and neglect
  • Types of child abuse & warning signs
  • Risk factors for child abuse and neglect
  • Recognizing abusive behavior in yourself
  • Breaking the cycle of child abuse
  • Helping an abused or neglected child
    • Tips for talking ito an abused child
    • Reporting child abuse - anonymously
    • Reporting abuse in your home or in child custody situations
  • Additional Resources

The problem that we face is not a lack of information, but a lack of individuals who are willing to read and use that information to help prevent, report and respond to child neglect, abuse and bullying.
How about YOU?

New Web Site (11/07/14)
Child Abuse and Children with Disabilities

This site provides content related to child abuse involving children with disabilities focusing on Interviewing Strategies along with Resources. Basic information is provided that is useful for all members of the multidisciplinary team investigating abuse for this more vulnerable group of children.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD)Special Project: Prevention of Maltreatment

"DCDD supports the inclusion of safety IFSP statements and IEP objectives in the educational planning documents of children with disabilities."

2015 CEC Annual Conference & Expo, San Diego CA
An IDC Showcase presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 9

Presentation: "Maltreatment of Children with Exceptionalities...How can CEC Divisions Support the Reduction of Maltreatment?"

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Helpline:1-800-222-4453

Childhelp.jpg Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

The D/HH Helpline is available to individuals who experience any kind of disability, but primarily a hearing loss. It is known that youth who are disabled are 4 times more likely than youth who are not disabled to be physically or sexually abused either by their caregiver or within their own homes by family members. Because of the disability the youth may not have a way to express what is happening to him or her or even know that it is wrong. The helpline is the first effort to reach out to youth with disabilities and to individuals who are aware of what might be happening to a disabled youth in their lives—the second phase is to open the ability for a disabled youth to interface with the helpline counselor via texting and chat options.

General Child Help Hotline phone number(all people who have a question about maltreatment are encouraged to call this number)

New Videos"7 Kidpower Strategies for Keeping Your Child Safe"

Nine brie, captioned, YouTube are used to introduce, describe and summarize seven Kidpower strategies for keeping your children safe. The strategies are described in relation to their use with children with disabilities. The resulting information is designed to help parents and professionals build both safety and success into day-to-day interactions with their children/students.

"Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse"
Kidpower and Positive Coaching Alliance present two new videos for Youth Sports organizers, coaches and parents to help keep young athletes safe from sexual predators and abuse. These videos are the product of a partnership between Kidpower and PCA since 2011. Please also take a look at our recommended policies for child abuse prevention and handouts below the videos.

New Publications

"How to Spot - and Stop - Abuse of Hearing Health Care Patients" by Gina Shaw
July 2015, Hearing Journal, Volume 68, Issue 7, pp 18,20.22
"Bullying is a Safety and Health Issue: How Pediatric Audiologist Can Help" by Michael Squires, Carrie Spangler, Cheryl Deconde Johnson, & Kris Englisg
Audiology Today / SpetOct 2013

"Protecting the Most Vulnerable From Abuse" by Harold Johnson
The ASHA Leader, November 20, 2012
Provides a concise examination of the incidence, indicators, causes and prevention of abuse as experienced by children with disabilities. Critical strategies, resources and collaborative efforts are identified within the article.

The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities Child Welfare Information Gateway & Evidenced-Based Practice in the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect

American Psychological Association2/2003Resolution on the Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities

Please help by reading, and then passing along this article provided by Harold Johnson and Descriptive & Captioned Media Programs (DCMP)
Stories of child abuse and neglect (CA/N) represent a horrific reality that is difficult to comprehend, much less accept. Unfortunately, such difficulty does not stop people from abusing children, including children with disabilities. In this article, Harold Johnson, a professor of special education at Michigan State University, explains how to detect and prevent CA/N and that research indicates CA/N is experienced by children with disabilities at a rate that is three times that experienced by their nondisabled peers. CA/N destroys lives, devastates families, and damages organizations, but Johnson also outlines how to be proactive and stop that from happening.