Stop Violence Against People with Disabilities! An International Resource

February 10, 2014

An exciting new book, "Stop Violence Against People with Disabilities" has been published and is available digitally from Kindle eBooks.

The editors are Diane Nelson Bryen, professor emerita from Temple University, USA and extraordinary professor in the Centre for AAC and Juan Bornman, Director of the Centre for AAC at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Stop Violence Against People with Disabilities! An International Resource provides a multinational and multidisciplinary perspective on violence and abuse against children and adults with disabilities. The book’s focus is children and adults who have little or no functional speech as a result of a variety of disabilities. Because of this disability, they are especially vulnerable to violence and are often denied access to the justice system.

This book goes beyond describing the extent of the problem. It focuses on promising practices from across the globe. These promising practices have evolved from seven countries across five continents.

Chapters are modelled on a real case study from the particular country. Of special note is the inclusion of picture-based and text-based communication boards called You Can Tell and be Heard in Afrikaans, English, French, Hebrew, Hindi, isiZula, and Sepedi languages for children and adults.

Stop Violence Against People with Disabilities! An International Resource is intended for peers who work in the fields of disability and law. Persons with disabilities and their carers are the major stakeholders and can learn much from the chapters in the book and the resources provided in the appendices.  Abstracts have been written in the home language of the author and in Easy English.

In order to reach the widest international audience, the book is published digitally via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks.

Anyone who is committed to human rights and to ensuring that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is implemented in their countries will benefit from reading this book.

As Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu wrote in the forward “Stop Violence Against People with Disabilities is not about charity, but rather the human rights of almost one billion members of humankind”.