Sex Education & Young Adults w/Intellectual Disabilities

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This paper will analyze and discuss the controversial topic of sex education for students with intellectual disabilities in special educational programs. The debate about sex education for this population of students is fueled by innuendo and the following common myths: • they do not feel the desire to have sex • they are uninterested or incapable of sexual activity • their developmental and physical abilities are child-like and dependent • they are oversexed, unable to control their sexual urges, or seen as sexually deviant It will be vital to understand the various social attitudes toward individuals that are intellectually disabled and to look at the difference of opinion, in relation to the role of public schools and the role of parents/caregivers/guardians (PCGs). According to Amanda Windom, paralegal for attorney Charles Fox, sex education for students with intellectual disabilities should be offered within the transition plan of the student’s IEP (Individualized Educational Plan). Sex education is least considered in student’s transition plan and yet it as equally important just as a college education. Students with intellectual disabilities are at a greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases, more likely to be victims of sexual abuse, and socially inapt as compared to their non-disabled peers. The Center for Disability Information and Referrals supports sex education and believe it is crucial education that may be life saving. Students with intellectual disabilities, under federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), have the right to the same standard curriculum as their non-disabled peers. Students with intellectual disabilities often go into adulthood sexually ignorant and IEP teams are not consistent with the requirements of the federal law often leaving the task solely to the parents. Parents
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