It is often assumed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not only incapable of having sexual relationships but also not interested in doing so. This is simply not true – people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the same wants and needs when it comes to sex and relationships as nondisabled people.
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The Sex & Relationship Conversation Cards, produced by CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, help support staff and people receiving services to initiate conversations about sex and relationships. Through interactive card games, people receiving services can learn about sex and relationships, along with the array of rights and responsibilities involved, as well as supports that can help people along the way.
The Sex & Relationship Cards focus on three categories: Topics, Rights and Responsibilities, and Supports, with 18 topic areas covered in each category. The accompanying Facilitator's Guide shares 11 different card game options with instructions, helping participants play together through interactive activities to learn about sex and relationships, along with associated rights, responsibilities, and supports. The card games can be used to initiate conversation, with the Facilitator's Guide offering detailed information about each topic.
This category describes the topic, including its
definition where applicable, and important
features about the subject matter and what it means.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIESThis category includes a listing of people’s
rights and responsibilities related to the topic, which are considered to be the most critical and relevant to people.
SUPPORTSThis category shares ideas, approaches, and
skills that can be used by supporters to assist people with sex and relationships, based on current trends in expectations of supporters and educators.
18 TOPIC AREAS:
- Relationship Types
- Romance and Flirting
- Anatomy and Reproduction
- Gender Roles and Gender Identity
- Safe Sex and STIs
- Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Safety
- Disagreements with Guardians or Staff
- Social Media and Online Safety