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Book

Mental handicap and sexuality: issues and perspectives

Author:
CRAFT Ann
Publisher:
Costello
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
267p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Tunbridge Wells
Book

Sex and the mentally handicapped

Authors:
CRAFT Michael, CRAFT Ann
Publisher:
Routledge and Kegan Paul
Publication year:
1982
Pagination:
x,127p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

Love in a cold climate: changes in the fortunes of LGBT men and women with learning disabilities?

Author:
ABBOTT David
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43(2), 2015, pp.100-105.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

‘Secret Loves, Hidden Lives?’ was a piece of research which explored the lives and loves of gay, lesbian and bisexual people with learning disabilities. The research arguably influenced the development of policy in that same sex relationships were subsequently mentioned in English government policy on learning disability. The research had an extensive programme of dissemination, and whilst no systematic attempt was made to measure the impact of the dissemination or the research, this study suggests ways in which the research might (or might not) have made a difference in relation to: telling untold stories, supporting front line workers with practical resources, challenging negative assumptions held by staff in services and putting LGBT people with learning disabilities in touch with each other. The study also considers work which was left undone and reflects on the opportunities to support LGBT people with learning disabilities in the current context of financial austerity. (Publisher abstract)

Book

Sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities: standing in my shoes

Editors:
CHAPMAN Rohhss, LEDGER Sue, TOWNSON Louise
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
230
Place of publication:
London

This book offers an account of the challenges those with intellectual disabilities face in their sexuality and relationships and explores what society needs to do to respect their rights. Drawing extensively on personal experiences, it paints a picture of the range of sexualities and relationships people want and shows how sexuality has been managed and controlled in different countries. It explores a range of issues such as rights, resilience, protection, sexual oppression and the lack of privacy for those living in care institutions. Co-edited and with contributions by people with intellectual disabilities and allies, this book provides insight into a morally, ethically and legally complex area and will be of help to people with intellectual disabilities, their advocates, families and supporters; and to social care managers, social workers, and other professionals working in the field as well as academic researchers and students. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Commentary on “gender disorders in learning disabilities: a systematic review”

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 19(4), 2014, pp.166-169.
Publisher:
Emerald

Commenting on a review by Ellena Wood and Neel Halder where the gender of people with learning disabilities is contensted, this paper begins by taking a step back by exploring what is gender. The author discusses the gender identity of people with learning disabilities as a precursor to considerations of gender dysphoria, supported by illustrations from the literature. A limited amount of research on gender identity for people with learning disabilities is available. It ends by highlighting some of the key findings of the review which could benefit from further consideration. The author calls for a need to look at how men with Klinefelter's syndrome and learning disabilities are supported in relation to common female sexual characteristics. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Staff characteristics and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with intellectual disability

Authors:
MEANEY-TAVARES Rebecca, GAVIDIA-PAYNE Susana
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37(3), September 2012, pp.269-273.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare

People with learning disabilities often experience difficulties in correctly interpreting behavioural cues which may have detrimental outcomes with respect to their expression of sexuality. The identification of individual staff characteristics that have a relationship with specific attitudes of staff caring for people with learning disabilities may enable targeted training and better support. In this study, 66 participants from services for people with learning disabilities in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, completed a survey, including the Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaire. Findings revealed that staff attitudes towards the sexuality of people with learning disabilities were quite positive. Age, programme agency position, and training uptake were all associated with positive staff attitudes. The authors concluded that targeted training programmes in sexuality can benefit direct care workers in general and older staff more specifically. Implications for training and practice are discussed.

Digital Media

Getting together

Authors:
LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP, (Producer)
Publisher:
Leeds Animation Workshop
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
(12 mins.), DVD
Place of publication:
Leeds

This short cartoon DVD and accompanying booklet are designed to help people with learning disabilities understand more about relationships. The DVD contains six stories about people making friends or starting relationships. All the characters have learning disabilities and one is unable to walk or talk. Topics covered include: meeting new people; falling out and rebuilding friendships; looking for a gay partner; and learning to stay safe and say no when a relationship is not wanted. All the voices on the soundtrack are those of actors with learning disabilities. Getting Together was made in consultation with Mencap and CHANGE.

Journal article

Good sexual health and relationships

Author:
DE LA FEUNTE Miguel Tudela
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(9), November 2010, pp.26-28.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

In 2009, the City of Westminster and the local NHS set up the Good Sexual Health and Relationships project in order to provide support and information on sex and relationships to people with learning disabilities. The project is being run by the sexual health charity, the Family Planning Association (FPA). The initiative develops people’s sexuality and sexual identity and supports them to take part in adult relationships in a safe environment. This is achieved through individual and group programmes. The project also trains staff working to support the sexual needs of their clients with learning disabilities. In addition, it gives information and support to the parents and carers of adults attending, or thinking of attending, the course. Education about sexuality, sexual health and relationships makes people feel more empowered to make decisions and give consent to sexual relationships as they have a better understanding about what they are able to consent to and with whom. Other benefits are that it makes people less vulnerable to abuse, less in danger of abusing others, and less likely to have unwanted pregnancies or contract sexually transmitted infections.

Journal article

Helping people to express their sexuality

Author:
MELLAN Bryan
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 22(2), 2009, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The CONSENT team was set up to as a short-term project to assess the HIV/AIDS prevention needs of people with learning disabilities. The project revealed the depth of people's problems in expressing their sexuality needs and gave the team a wider role. Ways in which staff and carers can support people with learning disabilities in the areas of sex and relationships are suggested, the services provided by CONSENT are outlined.

Journal article

Working for change

Author:
BURGER Helen
Journal article citation:
Viewpoint, 2008, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Mencap/Gateway

Briefly reports on research being carried out by Change, an equal rights organisation led by people with and without a disability, into the issues surrounding sex and relationships for young people with a learning disability.

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