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

Participate in this Survey: Sex Talk for Self-Advocates

Do you support someone with an intellectual/developmental disability? Do they have questions about relationships and sex? If so, we want to hear their questions! Please forward this survey opportunity to individuals or assist them to complete the survey. Read more...

Save the Date: 2018 AUCD Annual Conference - November 11-14, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at the annual in-person SIG meeting. More details to follow. Contact the SIG chairs with any questions. Read more...

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."



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. 



Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #1

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #1  Copy to Calendar

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

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

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


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Julie Atkinson, M.S.
Research & Evaluation
Center for Human Development, Alaska


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Rebekah Moras, Ph.D.
Research & Evaluation
Center for Human Development, Alaska


New Tri-Chair to begin service in June 2018:

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Lindsey C. Mullis, M.S.
Health & Wellness Director
Human Development Institute, Kentucky