044: Carol Boyer on Disabilities and Domestic Violence

Carol on 2-19-2014 1Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Carol Boyer of the Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  They discuss a myriad of issues: from Carol surviving polio as a child, the importance of vaccinations, the impact chronic illness had on her family and faith, and complexities facing those with mental and physical disabilities.  Carol also speaks of her involvement on the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma headed by ODEP and SAMHSA as co-chair.  She refers to the groundbreaking research called the “Adverse Childhood Experiences Study” which has made a strong impact in how we are beginning to address and provide trauma-informed treatment and resources.  With October being both the National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Domestic Violence Month, this interview is timely.

Carol provides a multitude of resources helpful for us to be aware of.  Therefore, this interview will be particularly helpful for those in leadership positions within the church and employment specialists.

Disability Employment Policy Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act

Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to John Bukenas for audio production of this podcast.

5 comments for “044: Carol Boyer on Disabilities and Domestic Violence

  1. kimberly
    October 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hello all,

    Please see the Community Resilience Cookbook for specific guidance on how your Ward or community can become more trauma informed. There are lessons, a glossary, and all sorts of activities etc… I think it could be a neat YM/YW project 🙂 http://communityresiliencecookbook.org/

  2. October 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Very interesting! Thanks for doing this interview. And, btw, the official web site for the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study is http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/

    • natashaparker
      October 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you Jane – I got that changed.

  3. Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff
    October 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

    As a disabled person who Is passionate on the subject I’m glad you had her on. As someone who was a victim of the 1958 pandemic with rubella I beg people to avail themselves of the vaccines that modern science provides.

    There are many issues that the disabled endure gaining employment. She makes it sound so simple.

    One of my pet peeves is the use of the term “special” within the church. This is one of the most awful and degrading terms I can think of.

    Be aware also that different cultures view disability in differing ways.

    I’m sure she is a good person and sounds VERY passionate about her work BUT when what she says “will buy me bread” then I’ll be a great deal more enthused. From talking to most disabled that I know the government is not helpful.

    Trauma informed? As a life long member I’d say the first thing is to teach people to use common sense. Would you want to be spoken to in a demeaning manner? Knowing what resources are out there help but if you fail to create a loving supportive environment and the follow through to help members that need the help you can’t create a positive process.

    FUNDING dies. This is one thing I’ve learned.

    I spent time while I live in Utah working with what was then called the DDMR population. Abuse for both sexes was common.

    Women need to be able to learn that they can gain control. The churches response is so slow that it hurts.

    I’m frustrated at the podcast because in many ways it is just more of the same.

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