Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability

Feb 5, 2017

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Who finds it difficult, uncomfortable or confusing to talk about sexuality — especially to children? The answer is probably most parents / caregivers!

The myths and misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often lead to rules and restrictions that make healthy relationships difficult to obtain. We recently attended a webinar hosted by The Arc and the RRTCDD team at the University of Illinois at Chicago that  explored the facts and myths around relationships and sexuality for people with IDD. The presenters discussed the importance of laying the foundation for healthy relations early on through social skills and education and presented resources and strategies for teaching healthy sexuality and promoting sexual abuse prevention.

This very informative webinar was recorded and is now available to view by clicking here. If you do not have the WebEx Recording Player installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it (there is no cost).

Click here to download a PDF of the presentation slides RRTCDD Sexuality and Healthy Relationships.

Susan Kahan, MA, LCPC is a member of the clinical staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disability Family Clinics, and provides individual and group therapy for clients with a broad range of mental health and behavioral concerns, with a special focus on trauma and sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities. As a member of the Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities, she provides consultation and training on trauma-focused intervention for children with disabilities to both trauma and disability agencies, and has spoken at national and international conferences on sexual abuse prevention and intervention for people with IDD. She also provides consultation on working with children with disabilities for law enforcement and child protection agencies. In addition, Susan conducts training on healthy sexuality and sexual abuse prevention for provider agencies, schools and parent groups.

Hosted by The Arc and  funded through the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and  Health  (RRTCDD), United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Grant # 90RT5020-01-00.

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