Best-Practice: Sexuality Education for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities – Developing a Curriculum Based on Lived Experiences (2010)

This document describes a project undertaken to develop guidelines for teaching sexual health education to children and youth with physical disabilities.

Specifically, the project focused on unique issues that this group faces in relation to sex education; their experiences with sex education and development as they relate to disability; what should be included in a sex education curriculum; participants’ primary source of sexual health education; and the way the sexual health education they received influenced their sexual practices.

The project included one-to-one interviews and focus groups with adults recruited from six cohorts, including individuals with cerebral palsy; those with spinal cord injuries; people with vision disabilities; burn survivors; individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; and service providers experienced in working with children and young people with such disabilities.

Overall, participants felt that current sex education did not provide adequate information, and there are insufficient resources in place to assist service providers to deal with the topic properly. There was a general feeling that children and youth with physical disabilities are systematically asexualized and not given the opportunity to discuss and learn about the topic of sexuality.

Participants felt that those with physical disabilities should receive the same sexual health education as all the other students. However, they also called for additional instruction specific to the disability and unique circumstances of the person.

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2014-04-16
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Shaniff Esmail, Chelsea Krupa, Douglas MacNeill and Stephanie MacKenzie. Best-Practice: Sexuality Education for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities – Developing a Curriculum Based on Lived Experiences 2010. Web. 10 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/best_practice/best_practice.pdf>
Shaniff Esmail, Chelsea Krupa, Douglas MacNeill & Stephanie MacKenzie (2010). Best-Practice: Sexuality Education for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities – Developing a Curriculum Based on Lived Experiences. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/best_practice/best_practice.pdf
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