Providing Disability-Affirmative Care: Deconstructing Ableism in Trauma Support

Presented by: Dr. Kaley Roosen, Clinical & Health Psychologist, Toronto Psychology Clinic.
This Webinar was presented and recorded on January 12, 2021.

Disabled folx experience equal to higher rates of trauma and sexual violence, yet are less likely to access support. This talk will explore the unique factors that contribute to sexual violence and trauma for disabled persons. We will unpack the detrimental impact that a pervasive societal devaluation of disabled identities (ie: ableism) has had on disabled folx as well as the organizations and care providers purported to support this marginalized group. Through an anti-oppressive, disability-affirming model, this talk provided tools and structure to encourage care providers to begin - or continue to - challenge their own ableist assumptions and provide affirming support to persons experiencing violence and trauma. It also provided information and accommodations needed to become a disability-competent trauma care provider.

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Learning Objectives

After participating in this Webinar, participants will better be able to:

  • Understand the unique risks for disabled folx in experiencing trauma and violence
  • Understand how ableism contributes to creating unsafe support for disabled persons experiencing trauma and violence
  • Identify ableism in practices, environments and attitudes and apply trauma-informed, disability-affirming support to disabled persons experiencing trauma and violence.


resized_kaley_photo.jpgKaley Roosen is a Clinical & Health Psychologist working at the Toronto Psychology Clinic ( As a disabled woman, she offers anti-oppressive, disability affirmative psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and couples. Her scholarly work combines traditional clinical health psychology with critical disability approaches to explore the experiences of trauma, social and psychological embodiment/body image and eating disorders in disabled women.