Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #5


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Thursday, May 16, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

Join us for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #5. This webinar focuses on birth control and contraception for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our panel of sexuality educators and self-advocates will discuss questions and topics related to birth control, such as:

  • "What is birth control?"
  • "What are the types of birth control and how do you use it?"
  • "What are the side effects to birth control?"
  • "How do you get birth control?"
  • Family planning considerations.

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, and professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to better understand sexual health needs.

****Please note, there are a few places in the webinar when the audio was not clear. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions about the webinar or the content please feel free to contact the Sexual Health SIG Co-Chairs, Lindsey Mullis at [email protected] or Julie Atkinson [email protected]

A Webinar from AUCD's Sexual Health Special Interest Group.


Randy Lizotte works full time as a peer advocate facilitating self-advocacy training and support at Northwest Counseling and Support Services, a provider of developmental services in Vermont. During the past 8 years, Randy has worked as a consultant and trainer for Green Mountain Self-Advocates traveling across the country providing technical assistance and training to state self-advocacy organizations. Randy was one of the key organizers of the Celebrating Sexuality conference held in Vermont in May 2007. He is a peer sexuality educator who co-facilitates a men's group and teacher of a variety of sexuality and self-advocacy workshops. Since 2010, Randy has served as the President of Green Mountain Self-Advocates and was elected by his peers due to his unwavering commitment to speaking the truth to power. Randy lives with his wife in St. Albans, VT.


Erica R. Thomas, MS is the Health Educator for the Developmental Disabilities Administration Health Initiative (DDAHI), housed at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Washington, DC. She serves as a liaison between family members, health care professionals and community providers that support people with disabilities. Erica develops and implements health care information curriculum and education sessions on a variety of wellness topics (including sexuality!!!) for people with disabilities and their support teams. When she is not advocating for people with disabilities, she enjoys traveling the world and taking long naps.


Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed. is a national expert and trains individuals, staff, and parents on sexuality and developmental disabilities. She teaches sexuality education to people with DD/ID as well as trains them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. Katherine is the author of an agency and school curriculum: Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and has developed two online courses; one to train professionals, Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101, and one for parents: Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality.