Over 100 teachers, parents and community members attended the Convening on Sex Education and Creating Healthy Relationships for DC Youth with Disabilities
This event, hosted by DCASE, SchoolTalk and Edlavitch DCJCC attracted representatives from public, charter and nonpublic special education schools and programs gathered at the Edlavitch DCJCC on February 21 to have dynamic discussions on the topic of sex education and healthy relationships for youth with disabilities. This program was open to any stakeholder, community member, self-advocate, family member, educator, and anyone ready to be “change agents” and there were over 100 who answered the call!
In a World Café designed day, with dynamic speakers and table experts from our DC disability community, parents, teachers, community members discussed, explored, and began the process to launch broad solutions to help these youth and young adults with disabilities develop productive, independent, and healthy lives and relationships.
Our goal was to dive into these topic areas and develop programs for our community:
- Sexual Health/Physical Health & Sex Education
- Online Safety
- Healthy Body Image (Self Awareness and Self Esteem)
- Social-Relationships-Dating and safe places for independence
- Family Engagement (parents and siblings)
- Workplace safety (sexual harassment)
Results included a broad plan to launch communities of practice and workgroups on specified topics to develop workshops and programs for the community. Interested in joining this effort?
Our next Working Group Meeting will be: