www.people1stprogramme.com.au  People 1st support people with an intellectual disability in human relationships, protective education and sexuality, along with parents, carers and service providers. It offers services to people in Perth Metro area and regional WA.

www.secca.org.au  secca is a non-profit community agency that provides support to people with disabilities in their efforts to learn about human relationships, sexuality and sexual health across the lifespan.

Resources

Cuskelly, Monica et al  Families of Adults with Down syndrome

Robinson – Tafft, Pier and Susan Jones  More than Friends: Beginning a Relationship Training Program

Sexuality

People with Down syndrome have the same sexuality needs, rights and responsibilities as people without a disability.  They can expect to go through the same phases of sexual development as their non-disabled peers, but will need some direct teaching in this area.  In order to keep themselves safe they need to know about their bodies, feelings, what is appropriate and where it is appropriate.  The distinction needs to be made between public and private places, as well as public and private behaviours.

Links

SECCA (Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy Agency) is a non-profit community agency that assists people with disabilities and their families to make informed choices about sexuality and sexual expression.  www.secca.org.au

Resources

Down Syndrome Society of South Australia Right to Know series Module Two – Sexuality Body Parts 1 and 2
Module Three – Personal Safety – Public and Private
Assertiveness Training
Safety in the Community
Interpersonal Boundaries
Preventative Strategies

Collier, Merri  Sexuality and Your Rights
Facts on Sexual Hurting
Fegan, Lydia and Anne Rauch  Sexuality and People with Intellectual Disability
Horsley, Philomena  I Used to Really Like Hime: a story about unwanted touching
Intimacy and MarriagePregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Schwier, Karin Melberg and Dave Hingsburger  Sexuality : your sons and daughters with intellectual disability
Couples with intellectual disability talk about living and loving