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Teaching Sex Ed To People With Intellectual Disabilities : NPR
Joseph Shapiro. Katy Park, who runs arts and wellness programs for Momentum — a community service program for people with intellectual disabilities — starts a class on healthy sexuality by asking her students to define what they want in a relationship. Brianna Soukup for NPR hide caption. Editor's note: This report includes graphic and disturbing descriptions of sexual assault. In the sex education class for adults with intellectual disabilities , the material is not watered down. The dozen women and men in a large room full of windows and light in Casco, Maine, take on complex issues, such as how to break up or how you know you're in an abusive relationship. And the most difficult of those issues is sexual assault.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Available in [ PDF ] form. In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to sexuality and disability.
Sexual education for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities is extremely important. Born This Way , a reality television show that stars seven diverse young adults with Down syndrome, is doing its part to highlight this. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, an average of 59, adults with disabilities are raped or sexually assaulted each year.