People with disabilities often have different experiences of sexuality and relationships.
Societal attitudes have failed to acknowledge that people with a disability are sexual beings and have the same rights to sexual expression, education and health as people without a disability. People with disabilities have traditionally not had access to sexuality information and may also have differing needs for sexuality education and information.
Just like their peers, individuals with a disability are people with sexual feelings, needs and identities. As individuals, people with a disability have the fundamental right to have privacy; to love and be loved; develop friendships and emotional relationships; learn about sex, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, safe sex and other issues regarding sexuality; exercise their rights and responsibilities in regard to privacy and sexual expression and the rights of others; marry and make informed decisions concerning having children; and develop expressions of sexuality reflective of age, social development, cultural values and social responsibility.
SHFPACT aims to support positive sexual health and reproductive health choices for people with disabilities by strengthen preventative approaches.
SHFPACT is a registered provider of supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Contact us for more information about how we can tailor education and skills supports for you individually, or the group programs we offer. Training and support for parents/carers can also be provided under a participant's NDIS Plan.
Support to schools
SHFPACT’s Schools Education and Professional Development programs for education professionals provide support to ACT Schools and education programs in adapting learning programs for the needs of students with a disability. The SHFPACT team can also be contacted to provide sexuality and relationships education, social skills training and social safety education directly to students with disabilities. Students can be supported individually, in small groups or within their integrated class. This program is offered on a fee-for-service basis, or via a participant's NDIS Plan.
SHFPACT encourages a partnership approach which invites parents, carers and/or educators to be involved, so that new knowledge can be reinforced in the home and school environment. The program supports teachers & education assistants by providing professional development opportunities, curriculum support and access to resources and tools designed to educate young people with disabilities in areas of sexual and reproductive health.
The new Family, Friends and Relationships program will be a train-the-worker capacity building training program. Topics include feeling good about yourself, body awareness, rules about touching, friendships and moving into relationships, sexual identity, internet safety and staying safe in relationships. Registrations are essential. More Details > >
SoSAFE! is a set of visual and conceptual tools (including training) designed to teach social safety to people with moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. More Details > >
Support for Parents & Carers
SHFPACT’s Library & Resource Centre has a range of books, videos and pamphlets for parents and/or carers of children with special needs; as well as educational kits, DVDs and Lesson Plans to support quality education in areas of sexual and reproductive health for people with a disability. Membership & Loan fees may apply.
Carer & Disability Worker Accredited Training
SHFPACT’s accredited three day Introduction to Sexuality & Disability Course is designed to allow workers to support and engage people with disabilities in their daily lives and provides positive strategies for appropriate behaviours, and aims to increase knowledge, skills and practice when addressing sexuality and sexual & reproductive health issues for people with a disability. Course fees apply.