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ACE'ing The Spectrum: Navigating Healthy Relationships & Wellness for Autistic Adults & Adults with IDD

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • 6 sessions
  • Wednesday, June 05, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (CDT)
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Are you an Autistic adult, an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), or a caregiver of a person 16 years of age or older, seeking to empower yourself or your loved one with the knowledge and skills to navigate healthy relationships, understand consent, set appropriate boundaries, grasp social norms in dating, and prioritize safety? If so, then AutismTN's Navigating Health Relationships & Wellness for Autistic Adults & Adults with IDD might be for you. 

This six week course is adapted from 
Equal Voices: a course led by a health educator that provides comprehensive sex education adapted to meet the needs of Autistic people and individuals with IDD. 
This program prioritizes the safety and well-being of participants and fosters a deep sense of self-empowerment by exploring key topics:

Understanding Consent: Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of consent, boundaries, and how to identify unhealthy relationships. Participants will be able to recognize abuse and know who to contact for help.

Puberty & Anatomy: Participants will increase their knowledge of the changes that happen in the body during puberty, the importance of maintaining proper hygiene, and appropriate behavior in public and private places.

Navigating Social Norms in Dating: Gain insights into the often complex world of dating, equipping participants with the tools to navigate social expectations and communicate effectively.

Staying Safe: Participants will discuss tips for how to stay safe when online, including what is okay and not okay to share online. Participants will also review what cyberbullying is and what someone can do if they are experiencing cyberbullying.

Awareness Matters

It's important to acknowledge that Autistic individuals and those with IDD have an increased risk of being sexually assaulted or becoming victims of human and sex trafficking. Data from the Justice Department paints a concerning picture: people with disabilities, both women and men, are the victims of sexual assault at rates more than seven times higher than those without disabilities. We are committed to addressing these concerns and empowering our community to stay safe. 

Event Details

Who: Appropriate for people ages 16+
Dates: Meets weekly from June 3rd to July 17th (Please note that in observance of Juneteenth, there's no session on June 19th)
(Attendance at all six sessions is recommended for a complete learning experience.)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CT
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: AutismTN Members - $10 per person | Non-Members - $20 per person

***Sessions will not be recorded***

Course Facilitator

Neil Reyes (he/him) is a Health Educator at PPOSBC. In this role, he has 2 years of experience providing Sexual and Reproductive health education to classrooms, community organizations and juvenile justice systems. He also works closely with youth leaders in the Peer Ambassador Program, contributes to teaching Sex Ed for the neurodivergent population, and provides the opportunity for male identified youth to have sexual and reproductive health conversations through the Male Involvement Program. Neil holds a BS in Health Science from CSULB and on his spare time likes to work on cars, listen to music and his favorite sport is basketball.

Articles to explore

UD professor explains how systemic shortcomings enable sexual assault against disabled individuals

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About
The Extent and Nature of Autistic People’s Violence Experiences During Adulthood: A Cross-sectional Study of VictimizationThe Disability Community & Sexual Violence

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