Disability & the Criminal Legal System

Thursday, February 29, 2024
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Register for the webinar

In the United States, disabled individuals are over-represented as both victims of crime and as those accused of crimes compared with their non-disabled counterparts, and this overrepresentation is even higher for those with disabilities and other marginalized identities. As a result, it is critical that all professionals working in the criminal legal system understand the rights of individuals with disabilities and know how to support them.

On Thursday, February 29th, from 3:00-4:00pm ET/12:00-1:00pm PT, join the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and RespectAbility for an engaging webinar that will include a discussion of the basics of disability etiquette, language, and inclusion, as well as lay a strong foundation for how legal professionals can better serve individuals with disabilities who are involved with the criminal legal process as victims, witnesses, and defendants.

The program is free, but registration is required.


  • Ariel Simms (they/she), President and Chief Executive Officer, RespectAbility
  • Graciano Petersen (he/him), Senior Director of Talent, Culture, and Training, RespectAbility

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events. Please let us know on your registration form what assistance we can provide to ensure you can fully engage with the program. We will be providing ASL interpretation and live captioning/CART services for this program. If you have other accessibility inquiries, please email Bonnie Hoffman at BHoffman@nacdl.org.