People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk of abuse and neglect than is the general population. This should be an alarm call alerting all committed disability advocates to learn about and take steps to make the DD services field more trauma-informed.

Foundations in Trauma presented June 2017

There are five primary principles for trauma-informed care.

  • Safety. This includes creating spaces where people feel culturally, emotionally, and physically safe as well as an awareness of an individual's discomfort or unease.

  • Transparency and Trustworthiness. ...

  • Choice. ...

  • Collaboration and Mutuality. ...

  • Empowerment.