Who rst explained sex to you?
much, much more detailed discus-sion.
education class by watching a moviein school, in 4
grade actually. Iwas mainstreamed.
it was like child development classor I want to say maybe in 6
gradewe watched a movie. I don’t know i
hard or her. It was kind o awkwardor me.
brother. It was awkward, embarrass-ing, but it was helpul.
Sel-Advocates Speak Up About Sex
compiled by Karen Topper and Katherine McLaughlin
Members o the Green Mountain Sel- Advocates in Vermont recently held adiscussion group about sexuality or the purpose o sharing their thoughts and experiences in this article. Below are their responses to a number o questions about the messages they received about sexualityover the years, and why they think sexualityeducation is important. This is a record o the conversation as it occurred, and in some places they respond to one another, as well as to the questions. Their real names havenot been used at their request.
He said this is what it is, now go do it.
and you can see it. It is on soaps.
What were the messages you got about sex rom adults when you were growing up?
body, you have to be careul o that.
last year, I learned to come right outand say it – “get tested” – because youdon’t know what is out there.
I was in 6
grade we did a unit on
somebody I would get pregnant.
Did you get any positive messages?
me it is a great, great thing, but becareul with it.
nobody can come in.
-berty to me. I had to learn it by mysel.
whom it was a surprise and we got it
what is this crap?
theater. I went in the bathroom and Isaid what is this mess?
book about becoming a woman. Ittalked about your eelings and yourbody.
I got… Wrap your dick.
[someoneexplained it meant putting a condom on your penis]
I learned about sex in a sexeducation class by watching amovie in school, in 4th or 5th gradeactually. I was mainstreamed. I got my inormation rom a special ed class, but other kidswere jealous o me because o theinormation I got. It was better than the regular classes, whichwere just about diseases, that’s it.
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Impact: Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities, 23
(2). [Minneapolis: University o Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].