Sexuality and Relationship forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability of all ages

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October 2016

Sexuality and Relationships forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability of all ages

Family Planning NSW is hosting a forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability of all ages to address sexuality issues across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The forum will include presentations and workshops on disability and sexuality, preparing for puberty, relationships and dating and tips for talking about sex and answering tricky questions.

This is a free event for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability.

Date: Saturday 22 October, 1:00-5:00pm
Venue: Glenmore Park Community Centre, Luttrell Street, Glenmore Park.

Background

The topic of sexuality can be an area of concern for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability. They are often worried about opening a 'can of worms' by talking 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 there is no difference in the sexual desires and needs of 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 sexuality for a person with disability and how to support their personal development in a positive way.

Parents, foster parents, relatives and other unpaid carers of people with disability are welcome. Find out how to support your family member's personal development and sexuality in a positive way.

This is a ticketed event kindly funded by Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and includes light refreshments.

For more details or to book tickets visit www.fpnsw.org.au/parentforums

For interview opportunities call Family Planning NSW media on (02) 8752 4253

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