Eliminating Disparities in Sexual Health for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


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Friday, March 25, 2011- Friday, March 25, 2011
1:00 PM EST - 2:00 PM EST
Location: Online

The sexual health of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) will be discussed in this presentation. The framework of sexual health posits that in order for people of all abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, etc. to come to fruition sexual rights must be respected and protected. Further, sexual health provides a holistic understanding of sexuality that is often missed when focusing purely on clinical approaches to sexuality; a sense of well-being emotionally, psychologically, physically and socially are all necessary components for sexual health to be satisfied. The issue of sexual health is stark for many people with IDD because of disproportionate experience of sexual violence and abuse, disability stigma and exclusion from sexual education formally and informally (through the normative socialization process). Nonetheless, using the holistic model of sexual health to analyze the realities of people with IDD, we can find nuanced sources of sexual health problems and innovative solutions to work to eliminate disparities in sexual health for people with IDD.