Sexuality

Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health needs as other people yet they often face barriers to information and services. Children and youth with disabilities also require sexuality education so they can develop a positive attitude towards sexuality and help to avoid sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy. The following resources cover the many aspects of sexuality and disability–from sexual development and puberty to intimacy and reproduction.

 

For Parents and Educators

Sexuality Education for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Resource guide for parents and educators on sexuality education for children and youth with disabilities covering issues such as basic human sexuality, disability and sexuality, the role of parents in teaching sexuality, and disability specific information.

Sexuality and Disability: A Guide for Parents
Information for parents of children with disabilities including the role of parents in teaching about sexuality, facts about sexuality and disability, and  tips and strategies for talking comfortably with your child about sexuality.

 

For Professionals

Guide to Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health for Persons with Disabilities
This guide from the World Health Organization addresses issues of sexual and reproductive health programming for persons with disabilities including issues of family planning, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, adolescence, and gender-based violence.

Journal of Sexuality and Disability
Sexuality and Disabililty is an international forum for the publication of peer-reviewed original interdisciplinary scholarly papers that address the psychological and medical aspects of sexuality in relation to rehabilitation.

Sexuality Education for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This manual from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England provides tips on how to establish a sexuality education group, outlines common challenges when teaching this topic and offers tactics to overcome them. Includes a cognitively accessible curriculum with 20 lessons with scripts, handouts, detailed pictures, and teaching tools.

Other Helpful Resources

Sexuality and Disability Consortium
Provides research, advocacy, training and education to support people with disabilities to enhance healthy sexuality and relationships.

Sexual Health Network
The Sexual Health Network provides access to sexuality information, education, mutual support, counseling, therapy, healthcare, products and other resources for people with disabilities, illness, or natural changes throughout the lifecycle.

Sexuality of Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities
This report from the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses issues of puberty, contraception, psychosexual development, sexual abuse, and sexuality education specific to children and adolescents with disabilities and their families.