Sexuality and Relationships Forum

Updated: January 2016

Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability.

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The topic of sexuality can be an area of concern for parents and carers of children and young people with intellectual disability. They are often worried about opening a ‘can of worms’ by talking to their child about sexuality. People with intellectual disability are often assumed to be non-sexual and fears around exploitation and hurtful situations are persistent realities.

Research shows that there is no difference in the sexual desires and needs between people with intellectual disability and people without disability. Sexuality education for people with intellectual disability has been proven to increase knowledge and self-esteem, facilitate community participation, and improve decision making and self-protection skills.

Family Planning NSW provides parents and carers with much needed information and resources about sexuality and relationships. Our forums help parents and carers to gain a clearer understanding of their child’s sexuality and how to support their personal development in a positive way.

We cover a range of sexuality topics across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

  • Sexuality and disability
  • Preparing for puberty
  • Healthy relationships
  • Supporting positive and safe sexual expression
  • Sexual health
  • Tips for talking about sex and answering tricky questions
  • Books, DVDs, resources and services
  • Choose from a variety of workshops to suit your needs
  • Ask experienced trainers your questions
  • Meet other parents and carers

Who are the forums for?

Parents, foster parents, relatives and other unpaid carers of people with intellectual disability are welcome. 

This forum is not intended for service providers. Please visit our website for information regarding professional education and training.

We regret we are unable to provide respite/childcare.

 

Next Forum

NEWCASTLE:

Saturday, 30th April, 2016
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fletcher Community Centre
Kurraka Drive
Fletcher NSW 2287
Parking is available onsite.

Cost

$25

 

Newcastle Forum Workshops

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshops (one workshop from Stream 1 and one workshop from Stream 2). Please select your preferred workshops when registering online.

Workshops Stream 1 (choose one of the three workshops below)

  1. Dating and Intimate Relationships. Liz Dore, Relationships and Private Stuff
    This workshop will explore ways to support young people and adults with disability in meeting people, dating skills and intimate relationship development.
  2. Puberty and Boys. Edwin Lubari, Family Planning NSW
    This workshop will discuss ways to prepare and educate boys with disability about puberty including self-esteem, body changes, hygiene, appropriate behaviours and masturbation.
  3. Puberty and Girls. Kaidee Dick, Family Planning NSW
    This workshop will discuss ways to prepare and educate girls and women with disability about sexuality issues including self-esteem, body changes, menstruation management, contraception and health check-ups.

Workshops Stream 2 (choose one of the three workshops below)

  1. Friendships and Relationships. Liz Dore, Relationships and Private Stuff
    This workshop will explore ways to support children and young people with disability in conversation skills, meeting people and making friends, and relationship development.
  2. Sex Services for People with Disability. Rachel Wotton, Touching Base Inc.
    This workshop will discuss options for adults with disability who want to access a sex worker including information about the sex industry, consent issues, resources and support. 
  3. Your child’s developing sexuality: What to expect. Nicole Allenden, Family Planning NSW
    This workshop will discuss different types of sexual behaviours in children and adolescents using the traffic light system to distinguish between typical and concerning behaviours. How to respond to these behaviours will also be discussed.

 

Future Forums

STRATHFIELD

Saturday 14 May 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm
Dutton Centre
40 Augusta St
Strathfield NSW 2135

Cost

Free

RSVP

Danielle Fehir
T: 02 8752 4388
E: statehpu@fpnsw.org.au

Strathfield Forum Workshops

  1. Supporting your child through puberty. Kaidee Dick, Family Planning NSW
    This workshop will cover strategies for preparing and educating children and young people with intellectual disability about puberty including self-esteem, body changes, periods, hygiene, appropriate behaviours and masturbation.
  2. Friendships and Relationships. Liz Dore, Relationships and Private Stuff.
    This workshop will explore ways to support children and young people with disability in conversation skills, meeting people and making friends, and relationship development.

 

WAGGA WAGGA

Wednesday 8 June 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kurrajong Waratah
Lord Baden Powell Drive
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Cost

Free

RSVP
Danielle Fehir
T: 02 8752 4388
E: statehpu@fpnsw.org.au

 

DUBBO

Tuesday 8 November 2016
6:00pm- 8:00pm
Family Planning NSW
2b/155 Macquarie St
Dubbo NSW 2830

Cost

Free

RSVP
Danielle Fehir
T: 02 8752 4388
E: statehpu@fpnsw.org.au

 

More Information

For more information or to express your interest, contact

Danielle Fehir
Family Planning NSW
T: 02 8752 4388
F: 02 8752 4396
E: statehpu@fpnsw.org.au

 

Downloads

Presenter PowerPoint slides from the recent South West Sydney forum are available to download below: