Promoting Healthy Sexuality for Students with Disabilities
Customized Healthy Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities
At Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, SELF’s school sexuality program — available through Minneapolis Public Schools since 1985 — has a new focus on inclusive and adaptable programming to promote healthy sexuality for students living with disabilities.
Through this initiative, our trainers work closely with families, schools, teachers and staff to provide accessible, relevant and meaningful education for youth of all abilities.
Education can be adapted to include:
- Puberty, reproduction and anatomy
- Appropriate touch and boundaries
- Pregnancy prevention and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Self-esteem and body image
- Healthy communication, sexual negotiation and refusal skills
- Dating, healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Media influences on sexual health
Watch our video to see students who have participated in Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s healthy sexuality program called Seeing and Exploring Life’s Future (SELF) showcase the knowledge they gained around healthy relationships, consent, boundaries, safety and self-advocacy. You will also hear our SELF team and other local sexuality educators describe the importance of accessible, relevant and meaningful education for everyone.