Despite numerous incidents indicating that nursing assistants were sexually abusing Jamie, a woman who is blind, nonverbal and intellectually challenged, it wasn’t until she was raped and suffered a miscarriage that Washington state officials took the situation seriously. And even then administrators questioned why Jamie’s guardian removed her from the residence where the abuse had occurred, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. To read more click here.

But Jamie’s experience illuminates what can happen when oversight of aides and caregivers is lacking and when warning signs are not taken seriously.

Disability Scoop wants to know, do you feel safe with your aide? What steps and measures can be taken to ensure that aides are well-intentioned and prepared? And, once on the job, what type of oversight can be implemented to ensure that the best care is provided?

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