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Introduction and Instructions
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Adult Protective Services (APS) Program is pleased to offer this Adult Abuse Prevention Kit to interested individuals and groups in Texas communities. In May and throughout the year, you can help educate people in your community about the problems faced by the elderly and adults with disabilities, and how to prevent adult abuse. The material in this kit is designed to help create public awareness about the problem of adult abuse. We hope you will use this opportunity to let everyone know that your community cares about vulnerable Texans.
How you can use the material in this kit
- This kit is designed for different types of presentations rather than to be given as a whole packet. Consider photocopying and distributing appropriate sections to religious, civic, and other organizations. Use other sections to help plan your adult abuse prevention activities.
- Take time to review the material in this kit. Decide how your group or community needs to help prevent adult abuse.
- Plan ahead. News releases should be mailed or taken to television station assignment editors, radio station news editors, and local newspaper editors several weeks in advance of an event.
- Choose a spokesperson. Have someone familiar with your organization, or an expert from a field related to people who are elderly or have disabilities, ready to speak or be a referral for more information. Include a quote from this person in your press release. Make them available for local news interviews or talk shows.
- Localize information. Your letter or news release has a better chance of getting noticed if you include facts about your community. Highlight local efforts and activities.
- Check the Web. This kit is available on the Internet at the DFPS web site. For this and other information on protecting adults, the address is http://www.everyonesbusiness.org
- Coordinate the use of materials in this kit with other organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, AARP, and others interested in the elderly and people with disabilities.