New Publication: Being Safer
A Guide for Women with Intellectual Challenges
Thursday 14th June 2012 08:37 (Updated: Thursday 14th June 2012 14:02)
This publication is based on a collaboration between PEI People First and the Community Legal Information Association, that was funded by PEI’s Interministerial Women’s Secretariat. The information is designed to support women with intellectual disabilities to better understand their rights with regard to personal safety, and to develop strategies for keeping safe. We want to empower women with intellectual disabilities to be confident in their relationships, in their homes and in their workplaces, and to feel safe as they participate in the day-to-day life of their communities.
We are very proud to unveil our newest publication, Being Safer: A Guide for Women with Intellectual Challenges. If you would like a hard copy or a number of hard copies, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Women with intellectual disabilities face numerous barriers to full participation in society as equal citizens. They run a greater risk of being poor than women without disabilities, and have a higher chance of being underemployed or unemployed. They report not being respected and not being believed by authorities, including police. They suffer the consequences of negative stereotypes about people with disabilities - both women and men with intellectual disabilities report being treated like children and feel that other people see them as stupid. Such stereotypes contribute to people with intellectual disabilities being treated as if their lives are less valuable. This kind of prejudice has made it easier to take away their rights to make decisions for themselves, and it has allowed widespread institutionalization of both men and women with intellectual disabilities. A disturbingly high number of women with intellectual disabilities spend much of their adult lives in highly supervised places such as nursing homes and community care facilities where they may be over-protected and can lack opportunities to develop skills and self-confidence.
PEI People First, our partner
People First is a self-advocacy organization for adults with an intellectual disability. Its main goal is to support people with intellectual disabilities to learn about - and speak up for - their rights, and to live as independently as possible in the community.