Graduate project

Parental Roles In Sexuality Education For Students with Disabilities

Many parents struggle discussing sexuality education with their child/children with disabilities and are typically not given the right resources to help them openly discuss this touchy topic. This project reviewed research in the areas of sexuality education in special education and parental and care giver point of views. It was found that there is a demand for specialized sexuality curriculum as well as providing resources and informing parents of the benefits of sexuality education for their children. As a result, a resource guide with a supplemental PowerPoint for an educator to share with a group of parents during an informational parent meeting was developed. This guide is structured in a way that informs parents of the benefits of sexuality education for their child with disabilities, gives insight into student’s wants and needs as well as possible curriculum modifications that might help to support the needs of children with disabilities.