Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally and Mentally Challenged Youth (2006)


This resource, complied by Advocates for Youth, provides detailed information and resources for youth who live with physical and/or mental disabilities— including, but not limited to hearing, sight, and motor function impairments; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; paraplegia and quadriplegia; developmental disorders; and mental health issues.

The resource is divided into the following sections:

  • Statistics and data about disabilities among children and youth
  • Myths and facts about sexuality and disability
  • Why should parents be concerned about sexual education for their disabled children?
  • General guidelines for parents
  • General guidelines for professional sex educators
  • Selected Resources for educators and other youth serving professionals–Books, Curricula
  • Selected Resources for parents–Books
  • Organizations/Web sites

Link to “Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally and Mentally Challenged Youth” on Advocates for Youth’s webpage

Link to PDF version


Douglas Kirby’s 17 Characteristics at a Glance (2007)

“17 Characteristics at a Glance” is taken from Kirby et al.’s report, Sex and HIV Education Programs for Youth: Their Impact and Important Characteristics and their publication, Tools to Assess Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC).  This is a brief one page description of the 17 common characteristics of programs found to be effective in changing behaviors that lead to STD, HIV and unintended pregnancy among young people.

To identify those characteristics, Kirby and his colleagues conducted a systematic review of 83 studies of HIV prevention and sex education programs that were from both the developed and developing world.  About 66% of these programs showed positive behavior changes.  The researchers then conducted a more in-depth analysis of characteristics of these curriculum-based programs that showed positive changes.


Kirby, D., Rolleri, L. A., Wilson, M. M. Tools to Assess Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC). 2007.

Link to PDF of “17 Characteristics At A Glance”

Curricula Assessment Tool (2007)

The Curricula Assessment Tool was designed by the ICAH to serve as a guide for Teachers, Administrators, Students, Parents and Members of the community working to ensure that the sex education curriculum being taught meets high standards for content and focus.

Acting as a checklist, the form provides the items required by the state of Illinois to be included in the sex education curriculum as well as items that meet the health learning standards for the State Board of Education.

You can view and download the form below.

Curriculum Assessment Tool 2007

Teen Source

STDs, Teens, Birth Control, Sexual Health, Relationships  is an online resource for young adults ages 13-24. With reliable, non-judgemental information in regards to sexual health, STDs, Birth Control, Contraceptives and relationships. In addition to providing this information to all teens, the website also features a clinic locator for teens in California as well as information on the rights teens have to health care in the state of California.

Link to website.

I Think I Might Be Trans (2004)



An indepth brochure providing rescources and guidance for teens from teens who identify as transgendered.  Topics include:

  • What does transgendered mean?
  • How do I know if I’m transgendered?
  • Am I normal?
  • What is it like to be a transgendered teen?
  • Whom should I tell?
  • What will happen when I come out?
  • What does it mean to transition? Should I do it?
  • What does transgendered mean about my sexual orientation?
  • What about STD’s and pregnancy?

Additional resources for transgendered teens are included on the brochure.

To print out the brochure in a PDF format:  I Think I Might Be Trans

I Think I Might Be Bisexual (2001)



An indepth brochure for young adults by young adults who identify as bisexual. Topics include:

  • How do I know if I’m bisexual?
  • Am I normal?
  • What is it like to be young and bisexual?
  • How can I avoid HIV, STDs and involvement in unwanted pregnancy?
  • Whom should I tell?
  • How can I learn to like myself?

Additional resources for teens who identify as bisexual are also included on the brochure.

To view a PDF version of the brochure: I Think I Might Be Bisexual

Go Ask Alice!



Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A resource produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University.

The website allows browsers to submit questions in regards to health, search for answers through thousands of already answered questions and obtain reliabable health information.

Questions are not limited to sexual health but also include; alcohol & drugs, nutrition, emotional health, fitness, relationships and general health questions.

All questions are updated to reflect the most current health information and research.

To visit the website and Ask Alice your own questions: Go Ask Alice!

Sex and Tech Survey

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTUP) and came together to explore “sexting” among teens, ages 13-19 and young adults, ages 20-26. The study, conducted by TRU, a leader in studying  teens and young adults, asked participants questions about sending and receiving nude and semi-nude photos and sexually suggestive messaging via electronic devices, how these sexually suggestive images and messaging impacted their real-life, and also if it was common to share explicit material with others. The article also includes “5 tips to help parents talk to their kids about sex and technology.” A copy of the “Sex and Tech” questionnaire is also included.

Some interesting findings include:

  • “51% of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason girls send sexy messages or images; only 18% of teen boys cited pressure from female counterparts as a reason.” (p. 4)
  • “83% of young adult women and 75% of young adult men who have sent sexually suggestive content say they have sent/posted such material to a boyfriend/ girlfriend.” (p. 2)
  • “75% of teens and 71% of young adults say sending sexually suggestive content “can have serious nega- tive consequences.” (p. 3)

Citation: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Sex and tech: Results from a survey of teens and young adults. Retrieved from

Link to “Sex and Tech Survey” (PDF)

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) (Illinois)

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) works exclusively with pregnant and parenting youth in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services care throughout Illinois. The Teen Parenting Service Network provides an array of service to youth in care and can link youths to professionals who can assist with case management, education, parenting classes and support groups.

In addition to providing resources for pregnant and parenting youth, the website also provides resources and information about education, money & job search, housing, life skills, healthy living, and the legal system.

Click here to go to the Teen Parenting Service Network website

Bricks, Mortar, and Community: The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting TeensThe Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens (2010)

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This resource complied by the Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends hopes to identify a set of core components for supportive housing programs serving pregnant and parenting youth and review case studies of organizations and programs that meet these standards.  The Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends worked with a national advisory group, utilized quantitative and qualitative survey methods and developed case studies of programs showing a strong implementation of the core components in order to compile this information.

The resource first provides a background introduction of the current data regarding pregnant and parenting teens and then a very detailed explanation of each of the five Core Components.

The five Core Components are:

  1. Supports and Resources to Promote Self-Sufficiency
  2. Supports and Resources to Promote Housing Stability
  3. Supports and Resources to Promote Financial Stability
  4. Supports and Resources to Promote Successful and Engaged Parenting and Attachment
  5. Supports and Resources to Promote Healthy Relationships

The Core Components can support pregnant and parenting youth so that they can both thrive as individuals and as parents.  Promoting self-sufficiency, housing stability, financial stability, successful and engaged parenting and attachment and healthy relationship provides a well-rounded education approach for these teens and can help them transition to independent living.  A list of resources is also included at the end.


Barry, M., Desiderio, G., Ikramullah, E., Manlove, J., Max, J. and Scott, M. Bricks, Mortar, and Community:  The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting TeensThe Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens. 2010.

Link to “Bricks, Mortar, and Community:  The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting TeensThe Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens.” (PDF)


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SexEdLibrary, a website designed by the Sexual Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), is the most comprehensive online sex education resource.  They’ve analyzed  hundreds of lesson plans from many sources to offer easy access to the very best information on topics such as sexual and reproductive health, puberty, abstinence, relationships, sexual orientation, body image, self-esteem, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancy, and more

The website is divided into the following sections:

Click here to access the SexEdLibrary website

Click here to send feedback or email SexEdLibrary

Click here to access the SIECUS website

Roadmap – A Guide to Changing Your School’s Sex Ed (2000)



Sex Etc., an online and print resource for teens by teens provided a roadmap for teens to get involved in the process of changing the sex education provided by their schools and community.

The Student Action Guide, is an indepth look at what it is to be a student advocate, what comprehensive sex ed is and how to get started in creating a campaign to improve sexual health education in the community.

Beyond excellent information to help students get started, they also provide sample letters, surveys and flyers to appeal to school boards, communities and other students.

The Student Action Guide also reinforces that it is possible to be successful as a teen to help advocate change in their community.

Check out the full action guide here:  Roadmap to Change School’s Sex Education

Talking about Sexuality and Values (2002)

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This worksheet, compiled by Advocates for Youth, allows parents and youths to discuss and explore values around sexuality.  Parents and/or youths can fill out the worksheet.

The accompanying webpage also provides instructions and teaching advice about introducing the topic of values, provides discussion questions and important advice for teachers and parents.

Link to “Talking about Sexuality and Values” Handout

Link to Handout instruction and resources

Answer: Sex Ed, Honestly


Answer, a national organization based in New Jersey (affiliated with Rutgers University), provides sexual health education training to teachers and youth-serving professionals and also offer peer-to-peer sexual health education directly to teens through their teen written magazine and website, Sex,Etc.

They offer:

You can connect with Answer via Facebook, Twitter, and their Blog

You can also contact them if you have questions or suggestions.