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ERIC Number: ED582005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities: Research and Resources for Educators. From Research to Practice
Szydlowski, Mary Beth
Advocates for Youth
All young people need access to and can benefit from sexual health information. Young people with disabilities have the same right to this education as their peers. However, considerations must be made in order to modify the program to allow for information to be understood and learned in a way that is meaningful to them. Educators are in the unique position of being cognizant of their student's different abilities and learning styles and are well-positioned to support the decisions being made on when and how much sexuality information a young person should receive. This summary addresses sexual health education for youth identified as having a disability--including, but not limited to hearing, sight, and motor function impairments; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; paraplegia and quadriplegia; developmental disorders; and mental and emotional health issues that impair learning. Beginning with a few statistics on disability among U.S. youth and an overview of common myths and facts about the sexuality of people with disabilities, the document also provides general guidelines for educators and offers a select, annotated bibliography of sexual health education materials and resources. [For "Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities: Research and Resources for Parents/Guardians," see ED582006.]
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Youth