Maybe your parents gave you “the talk,” or maybe you heard something from friends, social media, or health class. Maybe you got mixed messages, or were given weird information.
People who have disabilities need to learn about sex, too.
Many people with disabilities do not receive adequate sex education. On top of that, they may have a harder time sifting through misinformation or understanding and applying what they’ve learned.
Teaching human sexuality is not only about formal lessons, selecting information, and choosing how to teach it, it’s much more than that. To be a sexuality educator, you have to see the whole person, and commit to supporting that person.
Being a sexuality educator is about being an advocate. It’s about informing people, changing behaviors, and encouraging people to express their sexuality in a healthy way.
It’s about asking “Why Not?”
Why not teach someone about different sexual positions? Why not incorporate questions about sexual life into annual planning meetings? Why not teach someone how to ask someone else on a date?