This booklet is designed to give teachers and caregivers an overview of developmental disabilities and sexuality, as well as tools and suggestions for teaching sex ed.
Working with students with special needs including autism, learning disabilities, intellectual impairments, and other developmental disabilities can be a challenge. While people may have sexual feelings, there is often very little access to sex education. Youth with autism or intellectual impairments may be seen and treated as asexual when they need even more information than others.
This booklet covers:
- What are developmental disabilities?
- Why sex education is important
- Issues specific to this population
- Guidelines and suggestions for discussing sexuality
- Taking the environment into consideration
- A note about masturbation
- Additional resources for both teachers and students, including books, videos and websites.