“Teens with Disabilities Have the Right to Healthy Relationships”

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By Clare Barnett, J.D., Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
This post appears on the Administration for Children and Families’ blog, The Family Room.

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is a time to encourage healthy relationships and, in the words of President Obama, “reaffirm the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.”

For teens with disabilities, that basic right is no different.

Thanks to the work of advocates, youth activists, and community educators, the conversation around social norms that can fuel abuse are changing. However, youth with disabilities are too often left out of the movement to end dating violence and programs to support survivors.

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