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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
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Thursday, November 29 • 10:55am - 11:45am
How to Talk About Sex: Questions of Adults with IDD About Sexuality Filling

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For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), sexuality and romantic relationships are an often-overlooked topic. Service providers, parents, and other caregivers of adults with IDD frequently dismiss or discourage their family members/program participants from seeking or engaging in sexual relationships (Evans, McGuire, Healy & Carley, 2009; Rushbrooke, Murray & Townsend, 2014). Because of this there has been more focus in recent literature on what parents, caregivers, and service providers think should be done regarding sexuality for adults with IDD. This often includes avoidance of discussing the topic altogether (Cheng & Udry, 2003; Sinclair, Unruh, Lindstrom & Scanlon, 2015). There has also been information regarding what already has been done, or what sexuality and relationships topics are taught to adults with IDD (Frawley & Bigby, 2014; Kim, 2016; Ward, Atkinson, Smith, & Windsor, 2013). What is lacking is a deeper understanding of what adults with IDD think about their sexuality, and what they feel are the topics and questions they need answered (Brennart, 2011). This presentation will provide data from a systematic examination of questions regarding sexual health and relationships put forth by adults with IDD. During a particular 14-week Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE) program, participants were asked each week to anonymously submit notecards that contained questions they had about sexuality and intimate relationships. The questions on the notecards were answered the following week. For this project, notecards from seven different SHARE groups were collected and analyzed using a qualitative thematic analysis method. Initial analyses were then checked for accuracy with members of the organization including the director, facilitators of the SHARE group, and other adults with IDD who work at the organization. Results from the thematic analysis of the questions will be presented. Areas of future research will be provided, as well as information for current practitioners and service providers.

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Rebecca Kammes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan State University



Thursday November 29, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Portland - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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