My name is Amy Silverman. I was born and raised here in Arizona and my husband and I raised our daughters here. Our youngest daughter, Sophie, is 19 and has Down syndrome. I work as a journalist and you can see and listen to some of my stories on my website, amy-silverman.com.
I am currently working on stories of abuse and neglect of people in Arizona who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes people who live alone, with family or in group homes. The stories are for radio (KJZZ, NPR’s member station in Phoenix) and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.
Often these stories go untold, and that can be dangerous.
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I understand these are very sensitive issues and I promise we will work together to make sure people are comfortable sharing their stories. I am also looking for caregivers, family members, teachers, medical professionals, lawyers and others who may have insight into these issues.
To learn more or have a background conversation, please email me at email@example.com or call/text me at 480-205-1687. I need to have news before the end of October. Thanks!