Sexuality education and students with intellectual disability and autism: Using evidence-based practices to develop students’ knowledge and skills

When:26 Jun 2019, 9am - 4pm
Venue:UNSW Australia - Room 119, Level 1 John Goodsell Building
Who:Prof Iva Strnadova
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Sexuality education and students with intellectual disability and autism: Using evidence-based practices to develop students’ knowledge and skills

Presenter: Dr Iva Strnadova

Date: 26 June 2019

Time: 9am-4pm

There is much to be desired when it comes to knowledge and skills of people with intellectual disability and autism in the area of sexuality, sexual identity, and social relationships. Yet these areas are critical if we want this vulnerable population to be prepared for living as autonomously as possible, including living with a partner and becoming parents. Such preparation needs to start in schooling years; teachers as well as parents play critical role in this preparation.

This course will provide participants with knowledge of evidence-based practices that they can use in their classrooms to facilitate students’ learning in sexuality education (PHPDE, Life Skills). Topics relevant to adolescence, such as the onset of menstruation, contraception, sexual identity, safety, and preparation for parenting will be included. Age relevant supports and evidence-based practices that can be used to develop their autonomy and self-determination skills will be introduced. Participants will engage with the current research in the field and use the resulting information in the session activities.

About the Presenter

Iva Strnadová is a Professor in Special Education and Disability Studies at the UNSW Sydney, Australia. Prior to her academic career, Iva worked for 7 years with adults with intellectual disability and with autism. Her research aims to contribute to a better understanding and the improvement of life experiences of people with disabilities.

Iva is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, with a particular focus on people with intellectual disability. She is Vice President of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE), and Secretary of Self Advocacy Sydney (SAS). Iva’s ongoing research interests include transitions in the lives of people with disabilities, the lifespan experiences of people with intellectual disability, families caring for a child with a disability, the well-being of people with intellectual disability, inclusive research, and parenting with intellectual disability.

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