For Judy Blake, a mother of two sons, both with autism spectrum disorder, it was important for her to have the sex talk with them at an early age, in clear and specific terms. Lorraine Merkl, mother of an 8th grade student at the Aaron Academya special education school based in New York City, agrees that sex education must be presented in a gradual, individualistic and repetitive way for many children with intellectual disabilities. That's because the school makes a conscious effort to incorporate sex education in its mission to educate mindful and responsible adults.
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.
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The teen years are a confusing time for all kids, but kids with special needs face additional, unique challenges. Nationwide sex ed programs vary from being extremely comprehensive to talking only about abstinence. State laws, local culture, purchased curriculum and more impact what each individual school teaches, but what serves kids best is to be upfront and honest about sex and their bodies.
It is important that sexuality education programs are included in primary, secondary and special schools and are developmentally appropriate. Primary school programs provide a necessary foundation for programs offered in secondary schools. For materials and resources to support learning and teaching activities, and assessment and reporting in sexuality education, see: Learning and Teaching.
Sexual education for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities is extremely important. Born This Waya 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.
Talking to their adolescents about sex makes many parents squirm, yet studies repeatedly show that kids who receive accurate, comprehensive information on sexuality from multiple sources go on to have healthier relationships and lower rates of teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual abuse. But all too often sex education overlooks those who may need this information the most: young people with intellectual disabilities. Such ignorance is risky, Grubb said, because the intellectually disabled are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and may find it difficult to be assertive and avoid unsafe or nonconsensual practices. In fact, data suggest that intellectually impaired adolescents are up to seven times more likely to suffer abuse than peers without such disabilities.
While sexual assault has been dominating news headlines recently, underlying the problem is a lack of sex education. Texas, we need to talk about sex. Particularly, we need to talk about providing better sex education for people with disabilities.
Nevada Today. According to the World Health Organization, individuals with disabilities still experience the highest rates of mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. According to the World Health Organizationindividuals with disabilities still experience the highest rates of mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.