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Sexuality and Intellectual Disability: For Whānau and Caregivers

  • FREE  for parents, whānau and caregivers. This 1.5 hour course provides information and tips to help understand and support the sexuality and reproductive wellbeing of a loved one with an intellectual disability. This course also provides tools to support sexuality education at home/with whānau.


    Online course

    • Course description

      This FREE 1.5 hour course is designed to provide information and support for whānau and guardians supporting a loved one with an intellectual disability on the subject of sexuality. Adapted from Family Planning’s course for professionals, this course focuses on what whānau and guardians can do to support their loved ones in their sexual and reproductive wellbeing. 

      Course includes:

      • What sexuality is and how it fits into our holistic wellbeing
      • How to create a positive and safe learning environment for loved ones with an intellectual disability to explore their sexual identity and wellbeing
      • Exploring the unique challenges faced by people with intellectual disabilities regarding their sexuality and providing tools to navigate these
      • Exploring personal values and attitudes towards sexuality and how these might impact a person with a disability
      • Practice responding to questions and tricky situations
      • Activities and ideas for learning about sexuality concepts
      • Recommended resources, educational guides, and organisations for ongoing support
      • Some of the themes and topics addressed in this course include: Consent, relationships, puberty, masturbation, LGBTQIA+ identities, safer sex, vulnerabilities, and online issues.

    • Prerequisites

      Suitable for whānau and guardians supporting a loved one with an intellectual disability.

      For general course information, please read the  Terms and Conditions of courses and Code of Practice

      Family Planning also offers free in-school teacher professional development and capability building nationally.  Please contact us at (04) 384 4349 or [email protected] to discuss this option if the upcoming course dates and times do not work for your school or organisation.