Family Planning Queensland recognises International Day of People with Disability, 3 December
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Sexuality, relationships and disability
Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) advocates that people with a disability must be acknowledged as sexual beings, and have access to information and resources to make informed choices about their sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. It is essential that people with a disability be supported to make choices and decisions that offer the least restrictive alternative to their health and lifestyle.
View FPQ’s full position statement on sexuality and disability
Training around the state
FPQ regularly offers workshops and training to support parents, carers and professionals in learning strategies to talk about sexuality and relationships and keeping children, young people and adults with a disability safe and informed. Visit our training calendar to see what’s on. FPQ can also provide accredited training tailored to your organisation's needs. Contact us for more information.
Other service options to support parents, carers, professionals and people with a disability.
Talking about sexuality and relationships
Parents, carers and key professionals such as teachers and support workers are often best placed to provide sexuality and relationships education to people with a disability.
Learning about sexuality is a life-long process, and as a parent, carer or professional, teaching sexuality is an ongoing conversation and not just a ‘one-off’ talk about ‘the facts’. Research 1 suggests people with a disability benefit and learn more from sexuality information that is repeated and reinforced in the home, school and in support services.
One of the best ways to provide sexuality and relationships education is to share small amounts of clear, correct and positive information. It is best for this information to come from the adults in the person’s life that they know and trust. As a parent, carer or professional, you may be the person in the best position to provide assistance and respond to the needs and questions that a child, young person or adult has.
Most parents, carers and professionals recognise the importance of children, young people and adults with a disability having accurate, age-appropriate sexuality and relationships education. The important thing to remember is that it is never too early or never too late to start talking about sexuality.
FPQ encourages and supports parents, carers and professionals to work together to promote healthy attitudes and communication of sexuality issues.
1. Ballan, M. (2001). Parents as sexuality educators for their children with developmental disabilities. Siecus report, 29(3), 14-19.