Sexual Health

 

The purpose of the Sexual Health special interest group is to connect people in the AUCD network to each other, and to resources about disability and sexuality.

 
 

News and Updates

Upcoming Events

Be sure you are signed on to the SIG listserv to receive updates and registration information on the upcoming events. Contact the SIG chairs with any questions.

Report: UCEDD Network Survey on Sexual Health & Disability Efforts (Feb 2018)

Abstract from report: "A survey of UCEDDs was conducted to understand sexual health and disability efforts across the AUCD network. Sixty-four of the 67 UCEDDs (95.5%) responded to the survey. The data showed that 64.1% (n = 41) of the responding UCEDDs worked on sexual health and disability related topics, while 35.9% (n = 23) reported no effort. UCEDDs identified and discussed sexual health activities related to education, training, resource dissemination, and clinical services. Respondents identified the largest area of need was to build community education capacity to address this topic. As sexual health efforts continue to grow, the AUCD Sexual Health Special Interest Group will play an integral role to help build this capacity for the network."

 
 

Resources

The links below provide resources on a wide range of topics including dating, healthy relationships, sexual orientation, sexual health, and articles of interest for individuals with disabilities, parents, guardians, family members, professionals, and educators. 

  • Sex Talk for Self Advocates Webinar Series : The Sex Talk for Self Advocates Webinar series is a 9 part webinar series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. In this series, you will hear from our expert hosts of sexuality educators and self-advocates on a variety of topics and questions about relationships and sexuality collected from self-advocates from across the country. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, professionals, and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand sexual health needs better.
 
 

RECENTLY ARCHIVED EVENTS AND WEBINARS

AIR-P Presents: Addressing Reproductive Health and Obstetrics/Gynecology Health Care in Autistic Adults

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Dr. Jennifer Ames from the AIR-P Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Research Node, will describe ongoing research examining reproductive health and obstetrics/gynecology health care gaps for autistic people, inclusive of female, transgender, and gender-diverse identities. The presentation will focus on topics such OB/GYN clinic visits, cervical cancer screenings, and use of hormonal contraception, with particular attention to differences across sociodemographic characteristics. Future work investigating obstetric care quality and pregnancy experiences will also be discussed.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #9: Sexual Self-Advocacy

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join the AUCD Sexual Health Special Interest Group for our final Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #9: Sexual Self-Advocacy on May 26, 2021, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Our expert hosts of sexuality educators and self-advocates have invited a panel to discuss questions and topics related to advocating for ones right to have relationships and sexuality as well as how to advocate for oneself within relationships. This webinar is part of an on-going series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, professionals, and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand sexual health needs better.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #8: Parenting

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join the AUCD Sexual Health Special Interest Group for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #8: Parenting on January 26, 2021, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Our expert hosts of sexuality educators and self-advocates have invited a panel to discuss questions and topics related to having children and parenting for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This webinar is part of an on-going series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, professionals, and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand sexual health needs better.

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 Sexuality in Education Settings for Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

People with disabilities want friendships and relationships as much as anyone else. Unfortunately, there is a lack of appropriate education out there to support safe and healthy relationships. The rate of sexual assault is 7 times higher for individuals with intellectual disabilities than for those without. The Sexual Health SIG is hosting Katie Thune from Mad Hatter Wellness and the author of Sexuality for All Abilities to talk about how we can work together to lower that statistic by supporting the sexual health for this population through conversations, education and awareness.

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List Contacts

Chairs:

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Lindsey C. Mullis, M.S.
Health & Wellness Director
Human Development Institute, Kentucky
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Lindsay Sauvé, MPH
Program and Evaluation Manager
OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
[email protected]

 
 

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