Making education about sexuality and relationships accessible to people with intellectual/ learning disabilities

Even today, many people refuse to acknowledge that all people have sexual feelings, needs, and desires, regardless of their physical and/or mental abilities. As a result, many people who live with disabilities do not receive sex education. That often leads to unanswered questions for all stakeholders, confusions, unintended situations or even to sexual abuse of or by people with disabilities.

This EU Grundtvig-funded project draws upon the experiences of partners from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and the UK. We are working together in this project until September 2015. We want to learn from disabled people, their parents and staff working with them. We want to identify and test alternative learning approaches.

Creativite arts approaches can help foster the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream society; they can also help foster the personal development of disabled people and those who support them.

The SEAD Project partners shared our understanding of what ‘co-operation’ means to us and we made a Pledge to work co-operatively with disabled people in our own countries.

Our Pledge:
• We will co-work together with disabled people, based on trust and respect
• We will value the expertise of disabled people
• We will share knowledge and experiences in empowering and accessible ways