People with disabilities have traditionally been denied access to sexuality education or the free expression of sexuality. Through a disability studies lens, this book considers the historical, legal, and ethical implications of sexuality education for people with disabilities. Editors Gibbon, Monaco, and Bateman and their contributors discuss the roles of family, culture, entertainment, education, and social media as they relate to sexuality education and explore contextual concepts such as intersectionality, the range of disabling conditions, and the connections between adolescent development and disability.The text concludes with recommendations to support people with disabilities in the transition to adulthood. The editors advocate for public policy improvements and a call to action for students, teachers, and families.
Thomas C. Gibbon is associate professor and chair of the Educational Leadership and Special Education Department at Shippensburg University. In addition to teaching, he coordinates a school-to-work partnership between local school districts and the university for high school students with disabilities.
Elizabeth A. Harkins Monaco is assistant professor of special education and disability studies at William Paterson University. With over fifteen years’ experience supporting individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, she studies the critical importance of social justice pedagogy alongside educational excellence for all students.
David F. Bateman is professor of special education at Shippensburg University. He is a former classroom teacher and a former due process hearings officer.
David F. Bateman
2 Disability Studies
Elizabeth A. Harkins Monaco
Chelsea VanHorn Stinnett, Rebecca Smith-Hill, and David F. Bateman
5 Students with High- and Low-Incidence and Physical Disabilities
Anne O. Papalia and Willa Papalia-Beatty
6 Physical and Cognitive Effects of Puberty on People with Disabilities
7 The Team
8 Individualized Education Program and Sexuality Education
Lisa Goran, David F. Bateman, Heather Hess, and Amy Finn
9 Comprehensive Sexuality and Relationship Education Curriculum and Teaching Strategies
Victoria Slocum, Ruth M. Eyres, and Pamela S. Wolfe
10 Transitional Considerations
11 Sexuality Education Policy
Lisa Goran and David F. Bateman
12 Family Interactions and Culture
Christine Scholma and Sara Baillie Gorman
13 Entertainment and Social Media
MaryAnn Shaw and Elizabeth A. Harkins Monaco
14 Summary and Call to Action
Thomas C. Gibbon
Appendix: CEC Standards and Key Elements
About the Editors and Contributors
Sexuality education is a highly important and relevant topic. The authors are applauded for their continued contributions to the special education literature.
A comprehensive approach to educating students with disabilities about sexuality, relationships, and consent. The overall approach is admirable in its breadth and depth as well as being evidenced-based at every level.
Chapter Learning Objectives
Questions for Consideration
Questions for Review
Questions for Review