The DADD Board of Directors supports the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ statement on identifying sexuality as a basic human right that everyone, regardless of cognitive or physical ability, has the right to make choices regarding sexual and gender expression and social relationships. Historically, people with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder were infantilized and assumed to have no interest in or ability for healthy sexual or gender expression. They also have limited access to a comprehensive sexuality education, tend to experience limited opportunities to establish gender and sexual identity (Niles & Harkins Monaco, 2017), social relationships and skills (Perkins & Borden, 2003), self-worth, self-determination, and emotional wellbeing (Murphy & Elias, 2006), and are at increased risks to engage in unsafe or unhealthy sexual activity as well as at increased risk for sexual abuse (Balderian, Coleman, & Stream, 2013; Harrell, 2014; Krohn, 2014).
As a basic right, each individual with intellectual disability and/or austim spectrum disorder has the right to explore and understand the complexities of gender and sexual diversity. Being supported in discovering gender and sexual identity is critical for these rights to be observed. We recommend families, schools, and support communities work together to deliver individualized education on sexuality that (a) is reflective of the individual’s values; (b) encourages informed decision-making; and (c) promotes sexual health and safety.
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We are excited to share the conference program in a new format this year, using a mobile app; please click here to access the app: EventMobi
You will be able to search through the app to find sessions based on format (lecture or poster), by day and search a presenter database. Additionally, you will be able to create a personalized agenda for sessions you would like to attend. Updates to the program and notifications/alerts occur in real time.
If you are interested in arranging for leisure activities and/or transportation to/from the airport, please check out this website: Maui Activities
We look forward to seeing you next week!
We are currently in the process of filling four upcoming vacancies for appointed board positions including: publications chair, treasurer, communications chair, and executive director. I ask that you please review the position details below and, if appropriate, consider submitting an application. The positions will officially start on January 1 of 2020, however, the board has decided to provide mentorship between current and new office holders from February-December, 2019. Specific qualifications and requirements for each position are listed below, however each candidate should be (a) a current member of the division, (b) qualified for the duties of the position, (c) interested in active engagement with and service to the division, and (d) able to attend 1-2 yearly board meetings plus any additional online meetings. Each position holder will receive funding at the board approved rate to offset expenses for meeting attendance per division policies. Please see below for position descriptions, selection timeline, and application process. Thank you in advance for your consideration and please do not hesitate to contact Jordan Shurr (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Please submit via email 1) a letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position; 2) a condensed 1-2 page curriculum vitae or resume; and 3) the names of three references to Dr. Jordan Shurr (email@example.com) no later than December 1, 2018.
Publications Chair- 3 year term, January 2020-December 2022 + mentorship [Feb-Dec 2019]
Treasurer- 4 year term, January 2020-December 2023 + mentorship [Feb-Dec 2019]
Communications Chair- 3 year term, January 2020-December 2022 + mentorship [Feb-Dec 2019]
Executive Director- 5 year term, January 2020- December 2024 + mentorship [Feb-Dec 2019]