Sexuality & Adolescents with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

 Sexuality & Adolescents with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Sponsored by Imagine!, the Association for Community Living, and Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Social Work

Join us for the premier of the documentary OUT OF BOUNDS: When Sexual Behavior Issues Develop In Young People With Intellectual Disabilities followed by a panel of professionals and parents to discuss sexuality and adolescents with intellectual/developmental disabilities, best practices in education, and early intervention strategies to address sexual behavior issues.

April 24th, 5:15pm-7pm (Spaghetti dinner served at 5:15pm)

This is a donation based event and funds raised will be used to support healthy relationship and sexual expression education for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Imagine! John M. Taylor Conference Center (in Imagine!'s Coal Creek Drive office)

1665 Coal Creek Drive

Lafayette, CO 80026

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Adolescents with intellectual/developmental disabilities receive little or no formal education about sexuality and appropriate sexual expression. To make matters worse, these young people are often excluded from opportunities to learn alongside typical peers about the “rules of engagement” and how to maintain and respect personal boundaries.

People with intellectual/developmental disabilities are also extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. It is difficult for parents and professionals to balance the need to protect with the need to educate and provide opportunities for typical peer learning.

There are many consequences to this:

• Rates of crime against people with disabilities are 4 to 5 times that of other community members

• 83% of women with intellectual/developmental disabilities are the survivors of sexual violence

• Young people are very isolated and this impacts physical and emotional wellbeing and behavior

• Young people do not know the rules and they are at risk of making sexual mistakes

When young people make sexual mistakes there can be long-term repercussions for them, the victims, families, and the community.

Mistakes are preventable through education and early intervention but there are very few resources available. Parents don't know where to turn for help, especially if they observe a problem or have a concern and they worry their child will be judged or misunderstood or gain yet another label.

There are some resources which focus on supporting victims and managing offenders but they may be too little, too late. However, there are very few resources to educate or intervene early and prevent young people becoming the victims of, or from making, sexual mistakes.

 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:15pm to 7:00pm