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Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 23 • Number 2 • Spring/Summer 2010

From the Editors

As this Impact issue is about to be published, one of the pioneers in sexuality education for persons with disabilities has just passed away. Her name is Winifred Kempton and one of the reasons this Impact issue is able to provide the depth and breadth of information it does is that she was among those who, over 40 years ago, publicly acted on her conviction that individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities have the right and need to receive information about sexuality. The tools she created for sexuality education (including a dozen books as well as sexuality education programs she authored or co-authored) approached individuals with disabilities as fully-formed people with an intrinsic right to know about and participate in this part of the human experience. She was a genuine advocate in the truest sense, and will be missed.

Today, other pioneering voices are carrying on that advocacy and education work, and in this issue of Impact readers will have the opportunity to hear from some of them as they talk about the range of issues that are part of sexuality in its fullness. It’s our hope that the articles gathered here will provide information and inspiration that further support the right and opportunity for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities to understand and express this essential dimension of human life.

What's Inside

Articles

Identity, Disability, and Sexuality: Reflections From a Son and His Father

Self-Advocates Speak Up About Sex

Sexuality Meets Intellectual Disability: What Every Parent Should Know

Destination – Adulthood: Preparing Your Child for Puberty and Adolescence

Parents Talk About Sexuality and Disability: Highlights of PACER Cross-Cultural Focus Groups

Sexuality and Youth with Disabilities: Resources

Becoming a Woman: Teaching Healthy Sexuality to My Daughter

Teens and Sex Today

Sexual Expression for Adults with Disabilities: The Role of Guardianship

The Story of Robert and Julie

Resources on Faith Communities and Individuals with Disabilities

Finally, Acceptance

Sexuality and Adults with Disabilities: Resources Supporting Dating, Marriage, and Parenting

A Sexuality Policy That Truly Supports People with Disabilities

Sex, Disability and the DSP: Ethically Supporting Sexual Choices

Some Thoughts From DSPs on Supporting Relationships (sidebar)

Coming Out: A Daughter-Mother Conversation

DSPs Talk About Supporting GLBT Individuals (sidebar)

A Witness to Courage

Sexuality Education Resources

People with Disabilities and the Federal Marriage Penalties

Eighteen Years and Counting: Tom and Maureen’s Story

Becoming a Mom: My Experience So Far with Pregnancy and Parenting

Resources on Reproductive Health and Planning

New Ways of Thinking About Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

 

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Sue Fager, PACER Center, Bloomington, Minnesota

David Hancox, Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, St. Paul, Minnesota

Carol Ely, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

Pam Stenhjem, Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living and Employment, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0654 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B080005 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education.

The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, Center or University. The content does not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education or the US Department of Health and Human Services, and endorsement by the Federal Government should not be assumed.

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/232). Citation: Fager, S., Hancox, D., Ely, C., Stenhjem, P., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Spring/Summer 2010). Impact: Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities, 23(2). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].

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