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

Save the Date: 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.

  • April 23, 2019; 2:00 PM ET: Quarterly Meeting
  • April 30, 2019; 2:00 PM ET: Webinar: Importance of Sexual Health
  • May 16, 2019; 2:00 PM ET: Webinar: Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #5: Birth Control
  • TBA: Webinar: Abuse Prevention and Sexual Health

Report: UCEDD Network Survey on Sexual Health & Disability Efforts

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. 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS

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

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 Tall Institute as they discuss why this sensitive topic needs to be addressed.

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RECENTLY ARCHIVED EVENTS AND WEBINARS

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #4

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

It is well documented meaningful relationships are connected to better health, social, and quality of life outcomes for all people, including people with disabilities. Relationships can help to create a greater sense of identity, self-worth, and belonging. Relationships are important, but they can look different for all of us. Join us to hear from self-advocates as they talk about their experiences being married, dating, partnered, and single. Sex Talk #4, Relationship Experiences, will focus on the personal relationship experiences of self-advocates as they join our panel of sexual health educators.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #3

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Thursday, December 6, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #3, Safe Sex Practices - Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). This webinar series addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. Webinar #3 will focus on safe sex practices related to sexually transmitted infections.

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OAR Hosts Webinar on Autism & Sexuality

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Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) will be hosting a free webinar on the topic of sexuality on Monday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET featuring Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., OAR Scientific Council chairman and executive director of the EPIC School (Paramus, NJ), and Amy Gravino, M.A., president of A.S.C.O.T. Consulting. They will provide an overview of the many challenges associated with sexuality and sexuality education for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offer recommendations as to the role individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them need to play in this complex and important area of adult life.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #2

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Monday, September 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #2. Using real self-advocate questions from a survey, three professional sexuality educators will answer questions about relationships and sexuality.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #1

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Monday, June 18, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us for our first Sex Talk for Self-Advocates webinar! Using real self-advocate questions from a survey, we will have three professional sexuality educators answering questions about sexual relationships. The sexuality educators will talk about questions from the survey like: How do I meet someone? How do you know if someone is your boyfriend or girlfriend? What exactly does consent mean? How do I talk with my partner? Is a non-disabled partner at risk for having sex with a disabled partner? How to be gay?

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The SHEIDD Project: Building Community Capacity to Support the Sexual Health of Youth Experiencing I/DD

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Friday, May 25, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Multnomah County, located in Oregon and includes the Portland Metro Area, developed the Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) project in collaboration with several partners including the UCEDD at Oregon Health & Science University. The SHEIDD builds community capacity to provide holistic sexual health education and support to young people (age 14-21) experiencing I/DD so they can make informed decisions, stay safe, and experience healthy relationships.

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List Contacts

Chairs:

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Julie Atkinson, M.S.
Research & Evaluation
Center for Human Development, Alaska
juliea@alaskachd.org

 

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Lindsey C. Mullis, M.S.
Health & Wellness Director
Human Development Institute, Kentucky
lindsey.c.mullis@uky.edu

 

 
 

MEETING MINUTES