A Seat at the Table: In My Own Words

August 4, 2017 | Chakir’ Underdown, 2017 AAPD Summer Intern

The cover of "The Girl Who Cried Wolf" by Nancy Jensen and Nathan P. Swink, Ph.D

The cover of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Nancy Jensen and Nathan P. Swink, Ph.D

Nancy Jensen survived the abuse and trauma experienced at the Kaufman group home, emerging as an empowered force and voice for justice. She faced the Kaufmans during trial, and her voice then helped to change Kansas law – increasing accountability and oversight.

Not to be silenced, Nancy knew her story could help save more lives, so she endured difficult and triggering policy hearings in order to protect the disabled community. Our meeting will remain one of the most memorable and poignant moments of my life. I know that Nancy will continue to save more lives, aide disability advocates, and encourage more to stand out against abuse and oppression.

Nancy is the co-author of The Girl Who Cried “Wolf!”: A Memoir. She details her experience at the Kaufman group home and her 18-year struggle to find someone who would believe her story.

You can find your local P&A here. Please know that you are not alone, and that your voice will be heard. Thank you, Nancy.


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Chakir’ Underdown is a 2017 AAPD Summer Intern placed with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). This post originally appeared on Chakir’s blog, Kinky Summer, on June 14, 2017.

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