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AUCD - SIG: Abuse & Neglect/Sexual Health

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Monday, November 18, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Location: Mount Vernon B

Session Description

The purpose of the Sexual Health Special Interest Group (SIG) of AUCD is to connect people in the AUCD network to each other, and to resources about disability and sexuality. We are excited to convene with the Abuse and Neglect SIG to begin a two-part conversation to address abuse prevention and sexual health promotion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During the combined SIG meeting on Monday (Nov. 18th from 12:00 to 1:15), prevalence rates, risk factors for abuse, myths and stigma related to sexuality, and sexual health education as a prevention strategy will be discussed with the membership of the two SIGs and other conference attendees interested in these important topics. This meeting will be followed by a conference session on Tuesday (Nov. 19th from 1:30 to 2:45) to further the conversation, examine specific solutions, and hear from panelists about lessons learned.

For more information on the Sexual Health SIG, click this link.

For those interested in the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disabilities, the Abuse and Neglect SIG annual meeting provides an opportunity for participants to update others on what is happening in their respective states, and to find out what is happening at the national level with respect to such topics as data collection, abuse prevention, critical incidents reporting, etc. This year, we hope to have a combined session with the Sexual Health SIG to discuss topics that include abuse prevention through training people with disabilities to recognize healthy relationships.

For more information on the Abuste & Neglect SIG, contact Donna Gilles.

Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, are made up of individuals in the AUCD network who have a common topical interest. SIGs, which are open to anyone in the network including trainees, serve as a mechanism for sharing information, engaging in dialogue, and generating new ideas. SIGs are led by one or more individuals from the network (with AUCD staff support if needed); they typically meet in-person at the AUCD Conference and may share information via emails, conference calls, or webinars throughout the year. Because SIGs are driven by the interests of the AUCD membership, new SIGs may emerge while ones that have run their course may disband.

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