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Why do we want to talk about sexuality?

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In Poland the subject of sexuality of people with disabilities is neglected. In our

country there are many adults with cerebral palsy, who didn’t have an opportunity to

learn about this subject at school.

The purpose of this poster presentation is to show the development of a

collaborative project between young adults with complex communication needs and

professionals, to overcome barriers to knowledge about this essential area of life.

Young adults who use AAC at the Self-help Environmental House in Białobrzegi

managed by “Step by Step” association in Zamosc requested a meeting with a

sexologist, supported by AAC. That meeting resulted in the development of a

collaborative project that revolved around preparing films and workshop resources,

which are now used at courses on sexuality of people with disabilities. The

workshops were focused on body and physiology, hygiene, expressing emotions,

sexual behaviours, maternity and sexual violence. In the poster we will present and

demonstrate main target groups of the project as well as the views of the persons

concerned, adults with disabilities, on sexual education for people with complex

communication needs. We will also show support resources that were prepared

together with young adults using AAC.

Author(s):

Agnieszka Pilch    
“The Step by Step” Complex Non-Public Special Schools in Zamość, in Poland
Poland

Bartłomiej Nowosadowski    
”A Step Futher” Self-Help Centre for Adults in Białobrzegi, in Poland
Poland

Izabela Fornalik    
University of Warsaw
Poland

Stanisław Pilch    
“The Step by Step” Complex Non-Public Special Schools in Zamość, in Poland

 

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