Promoting Sexuality across the Lifespan for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This article reviews the structural and attitudinal barriers that prevent individuals with I/DD from developing and perceiving themselves as sexual beings. The philosophical underpinnings that have previously guided sex education programs will be examined, along with the paradigm shifts that are advancing ways to promote sexuality and sexual identity among individuals with I/DD. The article also reviews literature regarding the lives of individuals with I/DD and current sexuality education in relation to particular content areas for sexuality education. Finally, the discussion will illuminate strategies to teach advocacy skills and increase knowledge regarding sexuality for individuals with I/DD.
Nursing Clinics of North America
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Sarah H. Ailey, Beth A. Marks, Cheryl Crisp, Joan Earle Hahn, Promoting sexuality across the life span for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Nursing Clinics of North America, Volume 38, Issue 2, June 2003, Pages 229-252, ISSN 0029-6465