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an AIDS Prevention Education Program for Personas With Developmental
Raymond Jacobs, Perry Samowitz, Joel
M. Levy, and Philip H. Levy. Mental Retardation, 27(4):233-237,
This article discusses the Health Belief model as a foundation
for creating AIDS prevention programs. It also explores some fundamental
principles of education programs for persons with developmental
disabilities. A prototype program is presented at the end.
Behaviors and Protective Factors Among Adolescents With Mobility
Impairments and Learning and Emotional Disabilities
Robert W. Blum, M.D., Ph.D., Anne Kelly, M.D., M.P.H.,
and Margorie Ireland, Ph.D. Reprinted from the Journal of Adolescent
Health. 28(6):481-490 © 2001 with permission from The Society
for Adolescent Medicine. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/1054139X
This study provides a summary of the risk factors and protective
factors for health outcomes in three disabled adolescent groups
- adolescents with mobility impairment, learning disabilities
and emotional disabilities. The study expands on the factors that
create high and diminished risk as well as protect adolescents
with disabilities from negative health outcomes. It provides a
comprehensive discussion of behavioral scales, providing a good
starting point for anyone interested in studying risk factors
affecting individuals with disabilities.
and Psychiatric Clients with Developmental Disability
Joe Alford, John F. Aruffo. © Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Journal, 17(4):41-49, 1994.
This study presents the findings from a survey aimed at mental
health care providers that work with "dually diagnosed" psychiatric
patients suffering from developmental disability diagnosed with
HIV. The study discusses provider perception of client risk and
provides several recommendations to help set up programs to cater
to this underserved population.
Far to Gay? The Politics of HIV in Learning Disability
Paul Cambridge. Disability & Society,
Vol. 12, No. 3, 1997. pp. 427-453. http://www.tandf.co.uk.
The author argues the need for advocates and HIV /AIDS educators
to be aware that some individuals with learning disabilities maybe
homosexual, rather than heterosexual. This must be taken into
consideration when designing intervention programs for people
with learning disabilities. This study stresses several issues
like tailoring the content of programs to men with learning disability
who have sex with men, creating an integrative approach to organizational
response to sexuality and HIV and prioritization of services within
a "multi-agency approach".
and People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Historical Perspective
(link to Kluwer Online Journals)
Winifred Kempton, M.S.W., A.C.S.W.,
and Emily Kahn, M.Ed. Sexuality and Disability, 9(2):93-111, 1991.
This article is a good resource for anyone interested in the
chronological development of theories and approaches to people
with intellectual disabilities since the 18th century. The authors
note that while we've come a long way since institutionalization
and mass sterilization of individuals with intellectual disabilities,
more work is needed in the field of policies and organizational
responses to intellectual disabilities. The discussion provides
a solid background for advocates and others who want some background
for broader discussions and advocacy on issues of sexuality and
rights of individuals with disability.
Sexual Experience of Men with Learning Disabilities Having Sex
with Men – Issues for HIV Prevention (link
to Kluwer Online Journals)
David Thompson. Sexuality and Disability,
This qualitative study interviews men, with learning disabilities,
who "cottage" (have sex with men in public spaces) and discusses
their perceptions of risk and sexuality. It also emphasizes the
importance of safer sex practices and the difficulties, for men
with learning disabilities, in negotiating these practices.
Introduction to sexuality education for individuals who are deaf-blind and
significantly developmentally disabled
Kate Moss and Robbie Blaha (English)
Published in September 2001, this book is a comprehensive overview of sex
education covering topics like modesty, sexual health care, masturbation,
touch boundaries etc. Aimed at parents and providers of deaf-blind children,
it is well suited for a developed country audience. Although, it does not
specifically mention HIV/AIDS, it provides a good discussion on many relevant
issues for people designing HIV intervention programs. It also includes
a good reference section at the end.
Click here to link to the file: PDF
Resource list - sexuality, sexual assault and HIV/AIDS for the developmentally
This is a listing of resources, with price listings and publisher information,
for people working with individuals with developmental disabilities (intellectual
impairments). E.g. sexuality, HIV, sexual assault. Most of the books and
handbooks listed are applicable to the United States, but contain some ideas
and information that can be used more broadly.
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