As part of my Master’s research, I developed a face-to-face and online program called “The Birds and the Bees”. The in person component of the program was a one day workshop designed to help educators (of any profession: teachers, social workers, school staff, adult service providers, parents) feel more comfortable teaching sexuality to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This workshop was hosted throughout the state of Illinois in 2012 in partnership with The Autism Program of Illinois. The online component of the training is still live, although it is updated less frequently then when the research project was ongoing. You can see the online portion of the “The Birds and the Bees” by visiting asdsexed.org.
I presented findings from my master’s thesis, Educating the Educator: Delivering Sexuality Education to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, at the National Council on Family Relations in the Fall of 2013 with a poster entitled Building Capacity to Deliver Sex Education to Individuals with Autism. A publication from this project has been accepted in Disability and Sexuality and another is in progress.