Sexuality and Relationships Forum

Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability

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

Disability Awards - winner

This forum won a 2017 NSW Disability Innovation Award in the category 'Innovation in improving outcomes for children and young people'. 

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

WOLLONGONG

Saturday 27 May 2017
1.00pm - 5.00pm
Corrimal District Library and Community Centre
15 Short St
Corrimal NSW 2518
 
Cost - $25
 

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More Information

For more information or to express your interest, contact:

Health Promotion

T: 02 8752 4388

F: 02 8752 4396

E: healthpromotion@fpnsw.org.au

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