This article is about how Black and Chicanas are more likely to be asked questions about their sexual experiences, contraceptive use, and pregnancy compared to white middle class women. All women face heteronormativity, pressure to get married and sexism and in addition to that there is race and class and notions of what is normal and disability.
Providing clear and accurate information to youths with disabilities is important–
“Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships; they, too, need to understand how their bodies work, and may have romantic longings and sexual interests. The following resources cover the many aspects of disability, love, sex and puberty in a responsible, open and affirming manner.”
This includes information on:
- Human sexuality in general
- How disabilities can affect sexuality
- The special role of the parent
- The content to be taught
- Materials developed with specific disabilities in mind
- Commercial products
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