People with Disabilities have the same human rights as every other person in all areas of life. They are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities (UNCRPD), ratified by the European Union and all member states. These rights pertain to sexuality as well. Article 23 of the UNCRPD is dedicated to “Respect for home and the family”, and includes the right to founding a family, deciding on the number and spacing of children, retaining fertility, having access to healthcare systems, to reproductive health and to information and education about sexuality. People with disabilities also have the right to access education – education is one of the condition for self-determination and empowerment. In order to create the conditions of access to accessible sex education, it is necessary not only to educate people with disabilities themselves, but furthermore their parents as well as professionals, caregivers, adult educators and teachers.
When it comes to talking about sexuality, people with disabilities are often excluded, almost as if they are incapable of having sexual thoughts, feelings and needs. In reality, they too are sexual beings who need information and skills to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships. Many professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities know that sexuality issues need to be addressed, they don’t often have the knowledge and skill to do so.
This course offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors that will help professionals feel more comfortable and confident.
In details the course will be useful to:
- Define sexuality and sexual self-advocacy and create positive messages for people with developmental disabilities
- Discuss sexual development and explain issues related to sexuality and developmental disabilities
- Recognize and examine how your own values and attitudes impact your ability and effectiveness in teaching this topic
- Discuss ways to teach this topic, answer questions, and responding to behaviors
- Access tool and strategies to answer questions, respond to behaviors, and address sexuality in an effective way
- Identify tools and strategies for working with parents and guardians
Objectives and learning outputs
- Examination of special education system and its applications, place of sexual education in special education curriculum.
- Sexual education in individuals with mental impairment.
- Stages of sexual development in mentally challenged individuals
- Sexual attitudes and behavioral differences by gender in mentally challenged individuals
- Visit to special education institution
- Marriage in individuals with mental disability
- Prevention of sexual abuse in mental disability
- Positive sexual identity development in mentally challenged individuals.
- Masturbation in individuals with mental impairment
- Pregnancy and birth control in individuals with mental impairment
- Teaching social skills related to sexual identity
- Creating the concept of privacy in individuals with mental impairment
- Menstruation and related problems in girls with intellectual disabilities
- Preparing a sexual education program for people with mental retardation
- Family education on sexual education of individuals with mental inadequacy
- Ways to deal with sexual nudity (sex drive)
- Sex education material preparation training
- Measurement and evaluation methods used in the implementation of the sexual education program
- Methods and techniques in sexual education (drama, role playing, use of technology)
The educational programme will be re-organised accordingly to the professional needs of our partners. All courses proposed will pass through an accurate assesment of needs, goals and learning outputs. This process will be enhanced before every partnership request as the daily schedule.
Course location: Infol – Innovation Training Orientation and Employment
Site: Rome, Athens
Number of days of training: 5/6/7/10
Lesson time: 4 hours
Language of instruction: English , French, Turkish, Italian, Spanish,Bulgarian, Romanian.
Participation fee:send mail to [email protected]
The course will combine theory input and discussion with analysis of practical incidents with the purpose of finding out different possible solutions. The methodology used is mainly content-based language instruction (communication through specific content).Text discussion, oral presentation and discussion, role-playing, self- and meta-reflection, debating and group interaction will be the strategies more frequently used.
- Active methodologies
- Role playing
- New technologies
- Visits/workshops in educational institutions as schools, universities, educational centers, and companies
- Europass Mobility
- Certificate of Attendance