Overview: People with a disability like everyone else can have the full range of sexuality and relationship experiences, however research shows that currently people with a disability and in particular people with an intellectual disability are more likely to have more negative experiences than others. We need to ask why this is and what can be done about it. While there are laws to protect people from particular injustices like sterilisation, and more supports in place to help people with a disability who are victims of relationship violence and assaults, there is little being done about providing people with opportunities to be able to plan for and get the support and information they need to develop and have respectful, safe and fulfilling relationships. In this presentation we will talk about the research and what it says about the barriers to this and present one approach that uses peer education in a respectful relationships program.
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