When disability and abuse intersect, we take action.

Executive Committee

Tom Coleman, Nora Baladerian, and Jim Stream

Activities of the Disability and Abuse Project are coordinated and directed by an Executive Committee.  Dr. Nora J. Baladerian is the Project Director, Jim Stream is the Principal Consultant, and Thomas F. Coleman is the Legal Advisor and Website Editor.  Nora has decades of experience as a clinical psychologist, educator, and advocate.  Jim has extensive experience in agency management and delivery of services to people with disabilities.  He is also an advocate.  Tom more than 40 years of experience as a legal advocate involving civil, criminal, and constitutional law.  What they have in common is a passion for justice, a strong desire to bring national attention to the ongoing problem of disability and abuse, and a commitment to convince governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations to address this problem more effectively.

For more information about Nora J. Baladerian, click here.  For more information about Thomas F. Coleman, click here.  For more information about Jim Stream and The Arc of Riverside County, click here.

In Memory of Our Friend and Colleague Jim Stream

James Nichols Stream (right) passed away on June 9, 2017.  Jim was Executive Director of the Arc of Riverside County for 30 years.  He was a longtime supporter of the Disability and Abuse Project and an advisor to the Disability and Guardianship Project of Spectrum Institute. 

Jim cared deeply about the well being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and spent much of his life in service to individuals with special needs.  In 2012 Jim worked closely with Dr. Nora Baladerian to design and implement the largest national survey on abuse of people with developmental disabilities.  Over the years, Jim arranged for The Arc of Riverside to host several international conferences on abuse and disability sponsored by the Disability and Abuse Project. 

A memorial service was held for Jim on June 24, 2017.  For a copy of the memorial booklet distributed at that service, click here.  Jim's insights were profound and his enthusiasm was contagious.  He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.