ERIC Number: EJ862839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Rights, Sexuality and Relationships in Ireland: "It'd Be Nice to Be Kind of Trusted"
Kelly, Grace; Crowley, Helen; Hamilton, Carol
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v37 n4 p308-316 Dec 2009
How to translate the right of people with intellectual disabilities to a full sexual and intimate life into proactive support remains a challenge for disabilities services in Ireland. Little formal research has been undertaken in this country into what people with intellectual disabilities think about these issues and what they would like to see happen in this area of their lives. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the first author's PhD research into the views and experiences of a small group of Irish people with intellectual disabilities in the area of sexuality and relationships. Initial findings suggest that people with intellectual disabilities are getting insufficient sex education and that changes are needed at a disabilities service level to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities can express their sexuality in an open and supportive climate. At a government level, changes will need to be made to Irish legislation concerning the sexuality of vulnerable adults so that this country is meeting its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006). The authors argue that people with intellectual disabilities' views must come first in all debates concerning their sexuality.
Descriptors: Sex Education, Mental Retardation, Foreign Countries, Sexuality, Civil Rights, Intimacy, Social Services, Attitude Measures, Social Attitudes, Government Role
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland