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ERIC Number: EJ815715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Sexuality and Developmental Disability: Obstacles to Healthy Sexuality throughout the Lifespan
Richards, Deborah; Miodrag, Nancy; Watson, Shelley L.
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v34 n1-2 p137-155 2006
This paper presents a lifespan perspective of sexuality issues for individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities are human beings who have historically been denied the right to express their sexuality or engage in sexual relationships due to misconceptions or negative attitudes. Using a hypothetical case to illustrate the challenges experienced by individuals with disabilities, human rights violations and the need for education and appropriate sexual information are highlighted. Issues such as eugenics, vulnerability to abuse, self-esteem, and individual differences are also discussed. Recommendations for practice are provided.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
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Language: English
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