Sexuality and Adults with Disabilities: Resources Supporting Dating, Marriage, and Parenting
The Riot! Healthy Relationships Issue (http://www2.hsri.org/docs/Riot_Issue_23.PDF). The January 2010 issue of this national e-newsletter by and for self-advocates focuses on intimate relationships. It is published by the Self-Advocate Leadership Network at the Human Services Research Institute, Portland, Oregon.
Love Rolls On (http://www.loverollson.com). Loves Rolls on is a Web site created to inspire, educate and provide an insight into inter-ability relationships where one partner has a disability. It is operated by husband and wife Barton and Megan Cutter, and includes a blog, articles, resources, and events.
Quality Mall (http://www.qualitymall.org). Through a keyword search on this Web site over 150 resources on dating, sexuality, and marriage in relation to people with disabilities can be found. This national clearinghouse is operated by the Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota.
Disaboom (www.disaboom.com). This Web site for people with disabilities includes a number of articles by individuals with disabilities about their experience planning a wedding when the bride/groom uses a wheelchair (among them are "Do-It-Yourself Wedding Planning for the Bride or Groom in a Wheelchair" and "Wedding Planning Tips for Wheelchair Users").
Parenting with a Disability Network (http://www.cilt.ca/parenting.aspx). The network, based at the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, is a peer support and information-sharing network for parents and prospective parents with a disability. On its Web site are numerous resources ranging from parenting publications on different life stages of children, to information on adaptive baby care equipment, to guidance for service providers in offering nurturing assistance for parents with disabilities.
Parents with Disabilities Online (http://www.disabledparents.net). Created by Trish Day, a mom with a disability, this Web site includes extensive resources for parents with disabilities, people with disabilities who are planning to become parents, and nondisabled partners of parents with disabilities. It includes information on pregnancy and reproductive health, adaptive/adaptable parenting products, organizations, and toys, as well as stories by and an e-mail community for parents with disabilities.
Healthy Relationships and Safe Sex – Tips for Self-Advocates. By Joe Meadours. This handbook, written by Joe Meadours, an accomplished self-advocate from Alabama, teaches people with disabilities how to have healthy friendships, romantic relationships and safe sex. Available from The Riot Store at http://www2.hsri.org/leaders/theriot/store.html or 503/924-3783, ext. 24. Also available from the store is the CD of the Healthy Relationships Teleconference Series.
Supporting Families When Parents Have Intellectual Disabilities (http://www.ndcpd.org/prod/pub/pdf/Supporting_Families_w_ID_Manual.pdf). By C. Haarstad. This free manual, published by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University, offers practical ideas and resources for family support providers who wish to support parents with intellectual disabilities.
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].