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Supporting decision making in sexuality for people with intellectual disability

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Course description

Supported decision making is a model for supporting people with intellectual disability to make their own decisions with support from others.  However, in the area of sexuality and relationships, many people with intellectual disability are still denied the ability to make their own decisions. They are often over-protected and not allowed to have life experiences that include taking risks, which are part of human development.

NSW has laws to protect people with intellectual disability from sexual exploitation, but people sometimes take this to mean that it is against the law for a person with an intellectual disability to have sex. Society’s misunderstanding of capacity, supported decision making and the law can be harmful on the ability of people with intellectual disability to form relationships and meaningful connections to others.  

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand capacity and the factors that influence it
  • Recognise the difference between risk-averse and risk-enabled strategies.
  • Identify steps in supporting a person with  intellectual disability to make a decision about their sexual and reproductive health and relationships

Who should attend?

The webinar is suitable for anyone working in the disability sector supporting people with intellectual disability.  

Course structure

1.5 hour webinar. 

Each participant must have their own:

  • Computer, laptop or tablet to use during the session. Mobile phones are discouraged as they often don’t work well during interactive learning activities.
  • Internet access
  • Webcam or video camera in the device
  • Speakers and microphone or headphones with both

Eligibility / Prerequisite

The webinar is suitable for anyone working in the disability sector supporting people with intellectual disability.  

Assessment

n/a

Course cost

Courses may be funded or fee for service. 

Participants are provided with a workbook which includes learning activities and resources.

Courses delivered for groups on request are priced on a cost recovery basis - please contact us for a quote.

Recognition / Accreditation

Participants who attend the full session will receive a Statement of Attendance.

Further information

Contact: Course Administration Unit, Education Services

Phone: (02) 8752 4300 press 1 for Education Services

Email: education@fpnsw.org.au

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