Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Is sex the last frontier to full inclusion for people with disabilities?

Guest Room is a powerful look at an often ignored topic: sex and  individuals with Down syndrome.
 The 13-minute film follows their journey from the bedroom to the moment of truth where Amber takes a pregnancy test. Starring Lauren Potter (from Glee), this award-winning short narrative film focuses on the relationship between a young couple with Down syndrome and the complications that develop after a surprise pregnancy.

As Amy Allison, Executive Director of the Down syndrome Guild recently shared, "People with Down syndrome are not eternal children. They grow, develop and mature into adults who seek out intimacy and sexual relationships. Proper education and support is critically important to ensure healthy sexual expression."

"People with intellectual disabilities desire love, connection, intimacy ...just like the rest of us. They want to experience a full and meaningful life", shared Dr. George Turner. His 2012 research defined a "sexual voice" as a tool that may help people with Down syndrome live a healthier, safer, and less isolated life. Drs. Turner and Meyers will be presenting this research August 18-19, 2016 at the Transgressing Boundaries and the Intersection of Sexualities in Social Work in Olten, Switzlerland . "An inclusive life can not only focus on community living and working, but must integrate social-sexual skills if we are going to help people with Down syndrome and other disabilities navigate the landscape of adulthood," stated, Dr. Turner.