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ERIC Number: ED537570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally Challenged Youth. From Research to Practice
Keshav, Dimple; Huberman, Barbara
Advocates for Youth
In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities. Now, people living with disabilities assume their rightful place in society as the equals of non-disabled people. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to "sexuality" and disability. Even today, many people refuse to acknowledge that all people have sexual feelings, needs, and desires, regardless of their physical and/or mental abilities. As a result, many young people who live with disabilities do not receive sex education, either in school or at home. This summary addresses sex education for youth who live with physical and/or mental disabilities--including, but not limited to hearing, sight, and motor function impairments; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; paraplegia and quadriplegia; developmental disorders; and mental health issues. Beginning with a few statistics on disability among American youth and an overview of common myths and facts about the sexuality of people living with disabilities, the document also provides general guidelines for parents of physically or mentally challenged children and youth and offers a select, annotated bibliography of sex education materials and resources. (Contains 16 resources and 10 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Youth