Voices of Change 2018

Reducing the Risk of Abuse for
Children with Disabilities

It's NEVER to early to begin educating children with disabilities about body safety!

Your generous donation will help Voices of Change 2018 continue the development and execution of our education programs to reduce the risk of abuse for children with disabilities. It will also allow us to begin building our programs for parents, law enforcement and medical professionals. Voices of Change 2018 relies on donations from the community, corporations, foundations and individuals, like you.

Thank you to all of our Event Sponsors. Sponsorships are between $100.00 - $5,000.00. We appreciate everyone's support. To learn more about sponsoring our event and our sponsorship levels, please contact Nicole Moehring at 440.864.7074 or email: nmoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

Akron Rubber Ducks

Akron Zoo

Aldi

Chipotle

Conrads Tire Express & Total Care Care

Custom Pinspirations

Ed Squire Media

Exceptional Needs Today

Famous Daves

John's Crazy Socks

Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs

LaVida Massage

Michael Angelo's Winery

Old Firehouse Winery

Oriental Trading Company

proBake

The Olive Tap

Target

Top Golf

Melissa Mack, emcee for Charity golf outing
We are excited to announce our emcee, Melissa Mack, former Fox 8 News Meteorologist, for our Voices of Change 2018 Inaugural Golf Outing.

Voices of Change 2018 is a national organization piloting our groundbreaking programs in Ohio.

Mission and Vision
Our Mission

To reduce the risk of abuse for children with disabilities through preventative education, while empowering parents and guardians.

Our Vision 

By sharing our lived experiences and through collaborations with law enforcement, mental health professionals and other organizations, we will build a foundation of advocacy, awareness, resources and support for children with disabilities and their families.

Our Philosophy

We believe the way to reduce the risk of abuse for children with disabilities begins in the following ways:

Advocacy: We believe in creating awareness of the global epidemic of children with disabilities being abused.
Collaboration: We believe through local, state and national organizations, we will form partnerships to strengthen our mission and vision.
Education: We believe educating children with disabilities, their families and the community is essential to the prevention of abuse.
Empowerment: We believe through education; children will develop self-awareness of their bodies and be able to identify unsafe situations.
Justice: We believe the path to justice, in whatever form, should be equal and accessible to all.
Respect: We believe everyone should be treated with dignity, equality and respect. We believe everyone’s voice has a right to be heard.


 



Our History
Voices of Change 2018 (VOC18) was founded by Nicole Moehring and her daughter Maci Lynch. The passion and drive behind starting this organization came after Maci and her brother Evan, who was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism, were both victims of sexual abuse and assault.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Violence against adults and children with disabilities statistics, children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled peers. They are 3.7 times more likely than non-disabled peers to be victims of some form of violence, 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence and 2.9 times more likely to be victims of sexual violence.

Often children with disabilities do not realize abuse is happening. Many times, the perpetrator is the child’s primary care source, a family member or someone the family or child knows. Perpetrators often threaten children so they are afraid to tell anyone. This allows the abuse to continue and as a result, the child more than likely will suffer from extensive trauma.


Nicole quickly discovered how different her children were treated and how difficult it is to find trauma-responsive mental health clinicians that are trained to work with these victims. In addition, she experienced many challenges trying to navigate the criminal justice system as there are currently few protocols in place to help children with disabilities. Wanting to help others who experienced the same barriers as they have, Nicole and Maci founded VOC18 so that others would not have to be alone.

Nicole felt that, because Evan has a disability, his rights were taken away, he was discriminated against, and his voice wasn’t heard. She felt very alone in her quest for justice and finding support and resources for his road to recovery.


Education and advocacy are imperative for children with disabilities, to reduce the risk and impact of abuse.

Voices of Change 2018 is committed to reducing the risk of  abuse by:
Educating children with disabilities and their families about:
  • Body Parts / Private Parts – Teaching Children Proper Names
  • Boundaries
  • Body Autonomy
  • Consent
  • Family Safety Plans
  • Good Touching / Bad Touching
  • How to Be Their Own Advocate
  • How to Disclose Abuse 
  • How to Talk to Your Child/Children
  • Internet Safety
  • It's OK to say NO! 
  • It's OK to Tell
  • Secrets vs Surprises

As parents, caregivers, family members and friends of children with disabilities, we NEED to be the voices for the voiceless. The ONLY way to reduce the risk of abuse is by becoming EDUCATED, ADVOCATING for the voiceless and SPEAKING UP.



 

Most people think it will never happen to their child, but abuse does not discriminate. In fact, individuals with disabilities are more vulnerable. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), children with disabilities are 2.9 times more likely to be victims of sexual violence. This is unacceptable to us, and is why we founded our organization.

Raising a child with a disability is already challenging, and abuse makes things so much harder.

Our family went through this. We should have had access to support and services. We didn’t. We felt the devastation. We never want anyone else to feel that way.

We are committed to using our lived experience to make that a reality by providing:

1. Preventative education to parents, children, medical professionals, and law enforcement

2. Support, guidance, resources, and advocacy to victims and their families on their path to healing

Nicole Moehring, Founder           Maci Lynch, Co - founder
from our founders

Nicole A. Moehring

Founder

Jacob O'Connor

Intern

Child abuse won't report itself. If you suspect abuse, don't hesitate to report it. You could be saving a child's life.



Child Abuse
Phone: 1.800.4.A.CHILD
(1-800-422-4453)


National Human Trafficking
Phone: 1.888.373.7888


Available for free through our partnership with, The Mama Bear Effect

Communication Cards for children with disabilities

These communication cards for children with disabilities are made available for free through our partnership with, The Mama Bear Effect, a nonprofit organization.

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Voices of Change is funded by the generosity of our community, corporations, grants, individuals and foundations.

$50

Donation Amount

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Voices of Change 2018, is approved to by the State of Ohio to be a Nonprofit Organization, 501(c)(3).

Our effective date of exemption is: July 23, 2019
Our EIN # is on file at the Voices of Change 2018 home office.



By making a Planned Giving gift to Voices of Change 2018 through your trust, will or another giving form, you are helping us provide services for future generations.

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Our amazon wish list
AMAZON WISH LIST: 
We have a wish list on Amazon for items we need while we continue to build our nonprofit. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Items can be purchased directly through our Amazon Wish List. It takes only a moment, and your much needed gift will be delivered directly to us.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1X5136QDA2W2J?

Currently, we are in most need of:
  • Amazon Basics Hanging Folders, Letter Size, Blue, 25-Pack
  • Avery Ready Index 24-Tab Double Column Dividers, Printable Table of Contents, Multicolor Tabs, 1 Set (11321)
  • Avery 1.5 inch Binder Spine Inserts, Pack of 25 (89105), White
  • Cardinal 1.5 Inch 3 Ring Binder, Round Ring, White, 4 Pack, Holds 350 Sheets (79517)
  • Copy Paper
  • Hammermill Printer Paper, 20 Lb Copy Paper, 8.5 x 11 - 8 Ream (4,000 Sheets) - 92 Bright, Made in the USA
  •  Hammermill Printer Paper, Premium Color 32 Lb Copy Paper, 8.5 x 11 - 1 Ream (500 Sheets) - 100 Bright, Made in the USA, 102630
  • Laser Jet Ink
  • Pendaflex File Folders, Letter Size, 8-1/2" x 11", Classic Manila
  • Smead Colored Hanging File Folder with Tab, 1/5-Cut Adjustable Tab, Letter Size, Teal, 25 per Box (64074)
  • USB Flash Drive 32GB, Maspen USB Thumb Drive 2.0 High Speed USB Memory Stick Jump Drive Zip Drives Pen Drive,Blue,32 GB




To learn more about our affiliates and resources, click on their icon to be directed to their website or social media platform. For more information on being listed as a Voices of Change 2018 affiliate or resource, please email: info@voicesofchange2018.com

Autism Advocate Parenting Magazine

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Buddy Speaks

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Crime Victims Services

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Disability Rights Ohio

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Hinckley, OH Police Department

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Lydia Lerma Foundation

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Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities

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Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

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Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

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Ohio Early Intervention

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OVWA (Ohio Victims Witness Association)

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Parenting Safe Children

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Rachael Brooks

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The Arc of Ohio

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