A new resource page is now available with resources on how to make summer safe and fun for individuals with ASD!
Go to page: https://indiananetwork.org/summer-safety-tips/
Do you plan an event around autism spectrum disorder? Share it with the community in four easy steps.
- Go to Submit an Event (side menu to the right).
- Click on ADD NEW button
- Fill out the information about your event.
- Click SUBMIT EVENT button
Your event information will be sent to the administrator, who may contact you with any additional questions if necessary.
Individuals with ASD rarely get sufficient and/or reliable information about healthy sexual behaviors from traditional sources, like at school or from parents/caregivers, which often results in an increased risk of becoming victims of sexual crimes or perceived offenders (Brown-Lavoie, Viecili, and Weiss, 2014). Reviews and research related to the sexual health curriculums used within schools or educational settings for individuals with ASD is sparse with some indication of the absence of any existing or adapted curriculum in regular use. Removal of these students from sexual health classes means they are left to obtain information from unmonitored sources.
This brief survey is designed to gain insight from a variety of stakeholders (i.e., family members/caregivers, teachers, school admin, or individuals with a disability) regarding sexual health knowledge and the programs provided within an educational setting for students with disabilities.
As a thank you for your participation, you will receive a PDF info sheet with practical strategies for providing resources and skills teaching materials related to sexual health as a step towards preventing sexual abuse or victimization of individuals with disabilities. Please consider sharing this survey with friends and colleagues alike.
Please contact Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSPP, Director, HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany Neal, Ph.D., Assistant Director, HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center at email@example.com with any questions, concerns, or additional comments.