Healthy Relationships (LEAP)

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What is Leadership for Empowerment & Abuse Prevention (LEAP)? 
Developed in collaboration between VCU's School of Social Work and the Partnership for People with Disabilities, LEAP provides training on healthy relationships and information about preventing abuse to adults with disabilities. LEAP has two parts, the first is training for adults with disabilities, the second is a guide for supporters and families. To learn more please see the information below.

Participants learn about:  

  • Healthy, unhealthy, and confusing relationships
  • Asking permission before touching
  • Different ways to say “NO”
  • Identifying feelings and physical signs associated with being uncomfortable
  • How to get help




  • Healthy relationships 
  • Healthy boundaries 
  • Healthy touch
  • Who should you trust?
  • How to get help
  • Sex education
  • Dating
  • Sexual behavior
  • Gender Identity




How the Training Works

    • A group presentation and 1:1 with each participant
    • Four sessions of approximately 90 minutes each
    • Three 1:1 sessions with each participant




Training sessions are presented by a trainer with
a disability and a support trainer.
Co-trainers will travel within a two-hour radius of Richmond, Virginia to provide the training.
Groups of 8-13 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Provide a space with tables and chairs for training participants and co-trainers.



How to Schedule a Training

To schedule a training or to learn more about LEAP, please contact


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Thank you for your interest in preventing abuse for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This guide is for family or support providers of a person with a disability who has participated in LEAP training. The LEAP Partner Guide can be downloaded here.



LEAP Brochure 

Promoting Healthy Relationships . Leadership for Empowerment and Abuse Prevention. To view, visit the LEAP Brochure page on this website.

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