Importance of Sexual Health for Individuals with IDD


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar:

Sexual health is an important topic for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Unfortunately, conversations related to sexual health are often not fully addressed or are pushed aside because of fear, lack of comfort with the topic, or lack of information. Join us for a webinar on the importance of sexual health for individuals with IDD. Participants will hear from Joe Shapiro from NPR and Barbara Thomas from the TECS Education Center and The TALL INSTITUTE  as they discuss why this sensitive topic needs to be addressed.

A Webinar from AUCD's Sexual Health Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


Joseph Shapiro is a NPR News Investigations correspondent. In this role, Shapiro takes on long-term reporting projects and covers breaking news stories for NPR's news shows. In January 2018, Joseph reported on a yearlong investigation on sexual assaults against people with intellectual disabilities. Joseph has over 35 years of investigative journalism experience and has received numerous honors for his work. He is the author of the award-winning NO PITY: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement, which is widely read in disability studies classes.


Barbra Thomas, from the TECS Education Center and The TALL INSTITUTE,  has been a Special Education teacher and educational consultant with a history of quality contributions to education and offering consultative services in human sexuality. She has forty-two years of experience in special education coupled with special training and thirty-nine years in the field of human sexuality. “My goal is to encourage individuals with developmental challenges to come together in a social setting where the hope is to help them make new friends, have healthier relationships, know when their behavior is appropriate or offensive to others, while, in general, being happier people.”