T alking to children about sex is a discussion most parents find difficult. Tricky at the best of times, embarrassing and disastrous at the worst. But when your child has learning disabilities, the subject can be even more of a minefield.
Talking to their adolescents about sex makes many parents squirm, yet studies repeatedly show that kids who receive accurate, comprehensive information on sexuality from multiple sources go on to have healthier relationships and lower rates of teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual abuse. But all too often sex education overlooks those who may need this information the most: young people with intellectual disabilities. Such ignorance is risky, Grubb said, because the intellectually disabled are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and may find it difficult to be assertive and avoid unsafe or nonconsensual practices.
What do I need to know about youth with disabilities or chronic conditions and their sexuality? Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships; they, too, need to undersand how their bodies work, and may have romantic longings and sexual interests. The following resources cover the many aspects of disability, love, sex and puberty in a responsible, open and affirming manner.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Available in [ PDF ] form. In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Sexual education for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities is extremely important. Born This Waya reality television show that stars seven diverse young adults with Down syndrome, is doing its part to highlight this. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, an average of 59, adults with disabilities are raped or sexually assaulted each year.
Sex education for individuals with intellectual disabilities is important. However, our knowledge about effective methods for teaching sex education to this population is limited. We report the results of a systematic review identifying methods for sex education programs aimed at individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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Teachers in special schools will be aware that, given the particular needs and abilities of their students, many resources recommended here will be more explicit than those for mainstream schools. This will be particularly true for those with severe learning difficulties who may have little or no literacy and little understanding of boundaries of appropriate or inappropriate behaviour. Jiwsi is an fpa community education project delivering sexual health and relationships education to groups of vulnerable young people in community settings throughout North Wales.
Learning disabled people do not have sex, so John Tattersall was told when he rang a medical centre in West Yorkshire to ask for contraception information for young people with special needs. Tattersall, 47, who has a mild learning disability, was unsurprised by the statement which he heard two years ago when co-ordinating a sexuality project run by Leeds University and human rights charity Change. Social integration for learning disabled people has improved since the s when Tattersall was growing up, but attitudes towards sex and relationships have not caught up.
Jump to navigation. This is a pressing concern for large numbers of children and young people. Inthe Department of Work and Pensions estimated that one in ten young people aged have a disability that affects their ability to do normal everyday activities. All of these children will go through puberty and deserve to understand what is happening to their bodies and how to deal with the changes that happen at that time in their lives.