The resources in this section are in addition to the technical assistance (TA) videos and fact sheets provided in the TA Tools section of this website. These additional resources address topics that are relevant to the work of the Y-ReCONNECTS Community of Practice. The resources are separated into broad topic areas; each resource is listed under the primary topic it addresses. Many of the resources provide useful information about multiple topics.
Restorative Justice: Resources for Putting Principles into Practice (PPT)
Restorative justice is a philosophical approach to wrongdoing that focuses on the needs of the victim and the offender, as well as the involved community. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offense against relationships, rather than the state or school. Restorative approaches involve working WITH the participants not prescribing or directing a response to wrongdoing. Restorative approaches can contribute to better communication and improved outcomes for justice-involved youth working with and across varies service systems.
This PowerPoint describes key RJ principles and offers several video and print resources for further learning.
Diversion Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Disabilities
Are you interested in understanding how local diversion and reentry programs serve justice-involved youth with disabilities in New York State? We conducted a landscape analysis of such programs in ten New York State counties, to help summarize the different types of programs offered by counties to support justice-involved youth with disabilities.
Fact Sheet: Collateral Consequences of Justice Involvement
Publication: Justice-Involved Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This 2015 publication by the Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability provides an overview of history and research related to justice involvement of youth with IDD, and offers suggestions for actions that the juvenile justice community can take to decrease system involvement and better support youth.
Publication: NYC Commission on Human Rights Legal Enforcement Guidance on the Fair Chance Act and Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Criminal History
This document explains how July 2021 changes to the Fair Chance Act add new protections for people whose criminal history includes unsealed violations, unsealed non-criminal offenses, and extend protections of the Act to cover current employees and to reach pending cases.
New York State Federal Bonding Program
The following video describes how the federal bonding program can benefit businesses and job seekers who may have difficulty finding employment due to legal system involvement and other barriers.
Fact Sheet: What Businesses Need to Know
This fact sheet provides an overview of what businesses need to know in order to take advantage of the federal bonding program.
Fact Sheet: What Job Seekers Need to Know
This fact sheet provides an overview of what job seekers need to know in order to take advantage of the federal bonding program.
Webinar Series: FISA Foundation Webinars on Race + Disability
This webinar series addresses topics such as the impacts of school policing on students of color and students with disabilities, fostering cultural humility in disability services, embedding racial equity in organizational culture, human trafficking victims with disabilities, and sexual assault survivors with disabilities.
Report: Black Disparities in Youth Incarceration
This report summarizes disparities among Black system-involved youth as compared to their white peers.
Report: Latinx Disparities in Youth Incarceration
This report summarizes disparities among Latinx system-involved youth as compared to their white peers.
Report: Disparities in Tribal Youth Incarceration
This report summarizes disparities among system-involved tribal youth as compared to their white peers.
Race, Disability, and Trauma
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Center
These resources on this site address critical topics. Non-members can access NCTSN the resources by creating a free account. Two resources worth noting are: "The Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Toolkit"", and the webinar entitled "Addressing Trauma and Disproportionate Ethnic Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice through Empowerment".
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability created some resources about being the victim of a crime, which is something that people with cognitive disabilities experience more often than people with other types of disabilities. These resources are described below.
Fact Sheet: Know Your Rights as a Crime Victim with a Disability"
This fact sheet uses plain language to explain different types of victimization and where to find help.
Webinar: Ending Victimization of People with IDD by Bullies
This webinar, “Ending Victimization of People with IDD by Bullies” describes what bullying is, how to respond to it, and how to get support.
Webinar: Know Your Rights: Crime Victims with Disabilities
This webinar features a discussion on sexual violence led by a survivor of sexual violence, who is a self-advocate and a national spokesperson on sexual violence prevention.