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Intellectual disability and sexuality

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities has highlighted the need for equality and equal access to opportunities for cultivating personal relationships for people with intellectual disabilities. A great deal of research and forward strides are being made in all spheres of work in the area of sexuality and intellectual disability in Ireland. A key challenge facing people working in the area now is how to keep this momentum moving forward, and how to embrace and provide for the needs of 21st century Irish citizens with intellectual disabilities in all spheres of life. The idea of people with intellectual disabilities being sexual beings with the same rights and responsibilities as anyone else is a taboo for much of the population. This conference brings together a number of Irish and international experts in the field of intellectual disability who will discuss the past, present and future developments in sexuality and disability, and will face some of the taboos still present in sexuality and disability head on. Current academic research will be presented alongside practical workshops covering a wide range of topics. The conference will be accessible, empowering and relevant to a large number of people engaged in research and work with people with intellectual disabilities, parents and supporters, and people with disabilities themselves. Aims of the conference: - To explore the past, present and future challenges facing the intellectual disability community and its supporters, with regards to sexual and relationship issues in Ireland - To open dialogue on some of the taboos within taboos such as homosexuality, dating, and sexual health for people with Intellectual disabilities - To disseminate new research being undertaken in the field - To create a space for people with intellectual disabilities to be heard and empower them to have their voices heard Key themes: - Reflection on the progress made so far with regard to promoting the sexual lives of people with intellectual disabilities - The views of self-advocates on their needs and support requirements - Staff perspectives and support needs - Sexual health and intellectual disabilities - Supporting people with intellectual disabilities that identify as lesbian, - gay or bisexual - Enabling clear communication between parents and people with intellectual disabilities - Creating romantic and platonic relationship opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities

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03 February 2011 08:30 to 16:30
The Marino Centre, Dublin
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0844 880 5061

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