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The sexual heath needs of young people with learning disabilities

FRASER, Shirley
SIM, Judith
2007

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This briefing paper summarises the key findings from an evidence review on the sexual health and wellbeing of young people with learning disabilities. The review assimilates various forms of evidence, including the voices of young people themselves and emerging findings from practice. It also identifies a number of potential future actions that will help ensure that sexual health services and sex and relationships education are better able to meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities, as well as those of their parents and the professionals that support them

Gendering prevention practices : a practical guide to working with gender in sexual safety and HIV/AIDS awareness education

LEWIS, Jill
2003

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This manual lays out eight sessions, each with an array of diverse learning activities, for capacity building to help participants grasp the implications of working with gender in HIV prevention. The session themes are: Perceptions of gender, Ways of Understanding Gender, Key aspects of Gender for HIV prevention, Sex as a Gendered Activity, Gender and HIV, Embodying Change, A Sense of Working Together, Reviewing Gender issues in Context

Mobilising gender issues : report from the Living for Tomorrow project on youth, gender and HIV/AIDS prevention

LEWIS, Jill
2002

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[Publisher's abstract] This is an overview of what this gender-focused, youth HIV prevention project undertook, the concerns it had to consider, and what issues it had to navigate. It discusses wider and more specific challenges faced in developing a strong educational focus on gender issues; describes the implementation of different stages and dimensions of the work - its vision, planning, building, designing and different actions undertaken to achieve its ends. It discusses outcomes and learning processes that came into focus. The report could be of interest for exploring the significance of gender HIV/AIDS and sexual safety work with young people. Appendices include documents used in project, that illustrate concrete strategies (Capacity Building, Youth Workshops, evaluation etc.)

Challenging gender issues

LEWIS, Jill
Clift, Stephen
2001

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[Publisher's abstract] This analyses and discusses research feedback about teenagers' ways of thinking about gender in their society, how they perceive sexual relations / behaviours to be "gendered" and perceptions of gender and risk behaviours. The data is Estonian, but the questions raised, and the educational challenges posed relate to young people in any society and would be useful reading for those involved in sexual safety and health education with young people

'That kind of life?' Social exclusion and young disabled people with high levels of support needs

MORRIS, Jenny
Scope
2001

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"Government policy assumes social inclusion is about having a job. Young disabled people say it is about having friends, choices and being listened to. Young disabled people who have high levels of support needs are absent from our communities. Policies and practice are developed without considering their views and needs. At the heart of this report are the direct experiences of 44 young people with high levels of physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairment. Their powerful messages have major implications for the current policy agenda and show what needs to be done to combat social exclusion"

Young people with a physical disability

PLATFORM HANDICAP AND ONTWIKKELINGSSAMENWERKING (PHOS)
1999

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This is the report of a seminar in Ghent which brought together young disabled people from Sri Lanka, Uganda and Romania. It includes papers on rights and the worldwide situation of young disabled people, and a debate on the life experiences of the participants from developing countries

Believe in yourself : GET SEXY

BURKITT
1996

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This article discusses a range of issues facing disabled people and sexuality. Disabled people are not seen as 'sexy' in society and are not allowed to develop a sense of sexuality - for example through the media. Young disabled people may also lack adequate sex education and may be sheltered from developing their sexuality by over-protective parents

The mating game

AMATH, Eowyn
1996

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This article is a brief discussion of the problems that disabled people in the UK have in meeting and forming relationships with potential partners

The choices for young adults born deafblind

SENSE INTERNATIONAL

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This factsheet explores the challenges of deafblind young adults and the options available for life after school; including further education, living independently or within the family, and support and benefits available in the UK

Sex and disability

THESITE.ORG

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This section of the Thesite.org website provides sex and relationship information, support, and advice for young people with disabilities. Factsheets and articles cover the following topic areas: sex when you’re disabled; dating and practicalities; disability and sexual confidence; dating and disabilities. This resource is useful for youth people with disabilities who are interested in sex and disability issues

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