Interpersonal relationships, intimacy, and sexuality are important parts of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, knowing how to support individuals in these areas can be challenging for direct support professionals. In this session, attendees will explore and discuss strategies for supporting a person's interpersonal and sexual rights, health, and well-being. Topics that will be addressed include: assisting individuals with IDD in understanding healthy relationships, consent, intimacy, as well as overall sexual health. Presenters will also share handouts, videos, and other resources that may assist direct support professionals in this area.
This training is intended to assist DSPs and others who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share ideas with other participants. The presenters, Sondra LeClair and Kelley Hartlieb, also serve as coordinators of the Friendships & Dating Program at UAA Center for Human Development. For more information about the Friendships & Dating Program, please visit fdprogram.org.