Join us for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #3, Safe Sex Practices - Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). This webinar series addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. Webinar #3 will focus on safe sex practices related to sexually transmitted infections.
The sexuality educators will talk about questions and topics such as:
"How do I have safe sex?"
"What is a STI?"
"What do you do if you get a STD?"
"How do you ask your partner if [they] have a STD?"
"How to avoid diseases?"
This is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, and professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to better understand relationships and sexuality.
Max Barrows is Outreach Director for Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a position he has held since 2007. He mentors youth and adults with developmental disabilities to speak up for themselves and become leaders. GMSA is a lead partner of the Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center. Max leads SARTAC's technical assistance team assisting local and state self-advocacy organizations across the nation. Max connects with people on all levels advocating for true-inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. In his work, he advances the message that when you meet an individual with a disability, presume competence.
Erica R. Thomas, MS is the Health Educator for the Developmental Disabilities Administration Health Initiative (DDAHI), housed at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Washington, DC. She serves as a liaison between family members, health care professionals and community providers that support people with disabilities. Erica develops and implements health care information curriculum and education sessions on a variety of wellness topics (including sexuality!!!) for people with disabilities and their support teams. When she is not advocating for people with disabilities, she enjoys traveling the world and taking long naps.
Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed. is a national expert and trains individuals, staff, and parents on sexuality and developmental disabilities. She teaches sexuality education to people with DD/ID as well as trains them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. Katherine is the author of an agency and school curriculum: Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and has developed two online courses; one to train professionals, Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101, and one for parents: Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality.