We are all sexual beings. And that includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, shortened to I/DD. Despite this fact, youth with disabilities often do not have access to sexual health education.
Everyone has a part to play in providing sexual health education to youth with disabilities, including:
- Parents and guardians
- Support service providers and coordinators
- Health care providers
What is holistic sexual health education?
Young people with I/DD have told us they want to receive holistic sexual health education. Holistic sexual health education helps people learn:
- Who they are
- What their rights are
- How to express themselves
- How to build healthy relationships
When we provide young people with I/DD holistic sexual health education, we support their relationship, sexual, and reproductive rights.