The Facts of Life...and More: Sexuality and Intimacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities / Edition 1

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Everything you need to know about supporting people with disabilities' sexulity.

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Editorial Reviews

Karin Melberg Schwier

"Present[s] issues not in isolation, but lay[s] them out in the wider context of society, changing attitudes, services and what it is to be human...Vignettes sprinkled throughout the book serve as personal, real life illustrations to remind us who is at the heart of all this learning: people who have disabilities."
"Highly readable and thorough…Will empower professionals to become better advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and help them attain the social and emotional benefits of healthy, responsible, and age-appropriate sexuality."
Exceptional Parent
"A 2007 Best Book for Parents"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557667144
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 699,969
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Allen is Program Director of Employment Services at Marrakech, Inc., a human services agency based in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Allen is currently a doctoral candidate at Southern Connecticut State University who has a master’s degree in urban studies and a bachelor of science in economics. He is the founder of the New Haven Gay & Lesbian Community Center and the Rainbow Support Group. John lives in Branford, Connecticut, with his partner, Keith Hyatte, the Charge Scenic Artist at Long Wharf Theatre.

John J. Barisa has dedicated his practice to the treatment and service of individuals with developmental disabilities and coexisting psychiatric conditions. He has developed his own unique methods in treatment, with emphasis on person-centered approaches in all areas, including sexuality. John J. Barisa has developed Psychological Perspectives, a clinic dedicated to service delivery and specific training for clinicians to work with developmental disabilities.

Marklyn P. Champagne, a registered nurse and licensed independent clinical social worker, has more than 30 years of expertise in the field of intellectual disabilities. She maintains a private practice in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, for consultation, individual therapy, group education, and creative solutions in issues of social and sexual development for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is the co-creator of the CIRCLES® curriculum series.

Amy Gerowitz is President of OUTLOOKS, a consultation and training firm specializing in organization process improvement, board training, strategic planning and team building for public and private organizations. She was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Active Learning Systems, a company that provided central supports for public and private residential agencies. She is a former president of the American Association on Mental Retardation Community Living Division.

Melinda K. Hall is an artist living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and continued her postgraduate studies in fine arts at New Mexico State University. Her work has been seen in gallery and museum venues, as well as in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally since 1990.

Robert Joseph is a licensed New York State psychologist and sexuality consultant. He received his doctorate from the City University of New York. He has 26 years of experience with developmental disabilities, 19 specializing in sexuality and disability. He lives in New York City with his wife and his cat. Robert presents on the topic of disabilities throughout the Northeast.

Emily Perl Kingsley, winner of 16 Emmy Awards and a writer for SESAME STREET since 1970, is the mother of an adult with Down syndrome. She was instrumental in integrating children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities into the format of SESAME STREET. She is the author of “Welcome to Holland,” an essay that has been reprinted around the world. She has served as a member of the National Media Council on Disability, a group working to improve the ways in which people with disabilities are portrayed in the media. Recently, Ms. Kingsley was appointed to serve on the advisory board for a new partnership formed between SESAME STREET and the Special Olympics. She has also been appointed to the advisory board of the Anti-Defamation League Miller Early Childhood Initiative to combat prejudice and hate.

Ruth Luckasson, J.D., is Regent's Professor and Professor of Special Education and Coordinator of Mental Retardation and Severe Disabilities in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Professor Luckasson is Vice President of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). She served on former President Clinton's C

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Table of Contents

About the Editor
About the Contributors


  1. Sexuality Education and Intellectual Disability Across the Lifespan: A Developmental, Social, and Educational Perspective
    Leslie Walker-Hirsch
  2. Six Key Components of a Meaningful Comprehensive Sexuality Education
    Leslie Walker-Hirsch
  3. Foundations in Social Development Education and Sexuality Education Techniques
    Leslie Walker-Hirsch
  1. A Parent's Perspective: Supporting Challenges and Strategies
    Emily Perl Kingsley and Leslie Walker-Hirsch
  2. Social Support Systems for Quality Service Delivery: A Historical View
    Amy Gerowitz
  3. In Their Own Words: Couples Tell Their Stories
    Nancy Parello
  4. Cultural Diversity, Sexuality Education, and Intellectual Disability
    Ruth Luckasson and Sherry Niccolai
  5. Supporting Diversity in Sexual Relationships: On Being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender with an Intellectual Disability
    John D. Allen
  1. Consent to Sexual Activity: Legal and Clinical Considerations
    Ruth Luckasson and Leslie Walker-Hirsch
  2. Managing the Risks Associated with Sexual Activity
    John Rose and Melissa Rennie
  1. OB-GYN Care for Females with Intellectual Disabilities
    Mary White and Stuart Lustberg
  2. Helping Individuals Recover from Sexual Abuse: One Therapist's Model
    Marklyn Champagne
  3. Sexuality and Mental Health: Interventions and Treatments
    Robert Joseph and John Barisa
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