Supporting Youth With Disabilities




Session Description

Individual and structural ableism can prevent youth with disabilities from being able to succeed and to live lives free of violence and abuse. People with disabilities face higher rates of abuse, and policies and attitudes towards people with disabilities may unintentionally leave children more susceptible to grooming and boundary violations. This workshop draws from the disability justice movement to highlight the importance of anti-ableism work in our work and our interactions with youth. Participants will develop a greater understanding of ableism and other forms of oppression and how they contribute to violence, reporting policies, and policies around touch and consent; and will increase their capacity to provide people with children with disabilities with respectful, relevant, and effective services.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Participants will be able to identify instances of ableism in everyday life.
     #2 Participants will develop ideas for policies to reduce vulnerability to violence for youth with disabilities in their lives and in their work.
     #3 Participants will better understand how to support boundaries set by youth with disabilities.


About the Presenter

Alena Schaim
Alena Schaim is the Executive Director and Instructor at Resolve, a violence prevention organization that serves Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Northern New Mexico. She has been working to prevent violence and support survivors for over a decade. Her work centers around helping people shift beliefs that shape norms and speak up for themselves & others. She has supported school districts and school staff in implementing policies that support youth most impacted by bullying and violence. Alena has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including Empowerment Self-Defense, sexual and domestic violence, and preventing violence for specific communities.


Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:


Feb 04 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am




(505) 266-3451