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    Creating a Social/Sexual Skills-Building Program

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    This field tested curriculum will guide you through the steps for teaching people with developmental disabilities the skills they need to have a happy social life. The 17 workshop units include: "What to talk about on a Date," "How to Deal with Rejection," "How to Show You Care without Sex," "HIV/AIDS," and "How to Speak Body Language."

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    Dating

    A Lesson Plan From "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Self-Advocacy, Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    The engaging activities in this lesson plan help participants identify what they're looking for in a romantic relationship and how these qualities are evident in behavior. They will learn how to date in a manner that is well planned, within their budgets, respectful and fun!

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    Dating and Individual Sexual Expression from Bobra Fyne, LCSW

    Expert Tips & Challenges

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality
    Format: Tips and Challenges
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: All

    Bobra Fyne, YAI\'s pioneering educator for self advocacy and sexuality, shares ideas for jump starting the learning process and helping people with ID develop mastery of effective dating and relationship skills.

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    Determining Sexual Consent

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Mild (high functioning)

    Included in this packet of information are policies and guidelines for determining consent and two tools, for higher functioning verbal people with IDD and a separate tool for those people who are not as high functioning or verbal.

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    Enjoying Sex

    A Lesson Plan from "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This engaging series of lesson plans covers sexual pleasure from A-Z!
    Foreplay, negotiation, hygiene, relaxation oh my! It's all here. The "Wheel of Foreplay" explores the many ways to prepare for a positive sexual experience. Discussion, games and explicit drawings provide attendees with an understanding of the pros and cons of different sexual positions.

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    Feelings

    A Lesson Plan From Social-Sexual Skills In the City

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Relationships and Sexuality, Counseling, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This lesson plan is filled with engaging activities that will help people with intellectual disabilities identify feelings and respond to them appropriately. They will learn to identify their own emotions and meet their needs with more consideration and better results.

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    Genital Health

    A Lesson Plan From "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Healthy Lifestyles, Supporting Good Health (Goal 4)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    Genital education and care are often overlooked because of teaching and learning unease with these subjects. This lesson plan addresses this discomfort with humor and creative exercises to deliver a full educational program on male and female care.

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    HIV/AIDS Prevention

    A Lesson Plan from "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Supporting Good Health (Goal 4)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This lesson plan from Social Sexual Skills in the City is filled with creative and effective activities and resources for learning about AIDS/HIV transmission and prevention. The introduction to the "ABC's of AIDS" presents a variety of options for reaching learners of different cognitive abilities.

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    Individual Sexual Expression

    A Lesson Plan From "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    This engaging lesson plan explores concepts and beliefs surrounding sexual orientation and sexual expression. It also contains clear information about when sex is legal and illegal.

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    Masturbation

    A Lesson Plan from "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Will masturbation really stunt my growth?
    This lesson plan from Social Sexual Skills in the City will debunk the myths and explore the purpose and how-to's of masturbation.

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    Me, Myself, & I

    A Lesson Plan from Social-Sexual Skills in the City

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Self-Advocacy, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    This lesson tackles the complex issues of pride and self worth. Through creative exercises, the learners will identify many of the skills, talents, traits and characteristics that they possess.

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    Nurturing Social Relationships

    From "The Art of Bouncing Back"

    Topic: Counseling, Healthy Lifestyles, Relationships and Sexuality, Putting people first (Goal 1)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    In Nurturing Social Relationships, participants learn that people who have strong relationships are happier and more resilient.

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    Parts of the Body

    A Lesson Plan From "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Healthy Lifestyles, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    What physical and emotional changes occur as we grow from children to adults? What are the different parts of our genitals called and what function do they serve? These and many other questions are addressed through clear information and creative exercises. Graphic drawings to support education accompany this training.

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    Relationships

    A Lesson Plan from Social-Sexual Skills in the City

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    This lesson teaches how to recognize the ways others view us and how we
    can influence their perception. Exercises help learners identify emotions like boredom and interest to promote successful interaction.

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    Responsibilities: Pregnancy and STDs

    A Lesson Plan from "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    These and other myths are dubunked in this engaging and fun filled lesson. Through games and activities, participants explore a variety of methods for contraception. They learn about the sexually transmitted diseases that can be acquired through unprotected sex and how to protect themselves.

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    Rights & Responsibilities

    A Refresher Course

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Staff Training, Working with Families
    Format: PowerPoint/Presentation
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: All

    This annual refresher will spark discussion about the critical issue of how we help or hinder human rights in our daily contacts with people with disabilities. The training examines why it is so difficult to help the people we work with to actualize their rights, what may get in the way and many other thought provoking questions.

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    Sexual Abuse Prevention

    A Lesson Plan from "Social-Sexual Skills in the City"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    In this lesson, participants will learn abuse prevention through creative exercises and activities. Prevention education begins with understanding our feelings, what is our personal space and what constitutes abuse. Using the No, Go, Tell approach participants will learn how to avoid and respond to potential sexual abuse.

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    Sexual Harrassment

    A Lesson Plan from "Ready...Set...Work!"

    Topic: Supported Employment, Relationships and Sexuality, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This unit contains many hands-on activities that will teach consumers how to identify, handle and avoid sexual harassment. Activities include role plays that differentiate between our intent and the impact of what we say and do and scenarios that examine subtle and overt harassment.

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    Sexuality and Asperger’s Syndrome

    A Conversation with Dr. Isabel H?nault

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality
    Format: Video, Q&A
    Population: ASD
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    During the 2009 YAI International Conference, we spoke with Dr. Isabel H?nault about the special issues that arise in the field of sexuality and individuals with Asperger\'s Syndrome.

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    Social Etiquette

    A Lesson Plan From Social-Sexual Skills in the City

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    The Social Etiquette lesson plan covers many of the tricky basics of first impressions.

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    Social/Sexual Issues in the Field of ID/DD

    A Conversation with David Hingsburger

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Video, Q&A
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    We spoke with David Hingsburger about various social/sexual issues.

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    Socializing Appropriately At The Workplace

    A Lesson Plan from "Ready...Set...Work!"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Supported Employment, Community Inclusion
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This unit teaches skills needed for appropriate socializing in the workplace. Topics include the difference between a "home friend" and a "work friend," too little versus too much socializing and the skill of small talk.

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    Spinning Downwards, Looking Up, and Stopping the Slide Toward Negativity in Human Services

    An Article by Dave Hingsburger and his colleagues at Vita

    Topic: Counseling, Healthy Lifestyles, Relationships and Sexuality
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This article by Dave Hingsburger and colleagues looks at how to take a positive approach when supporting staff, and offers 12 ways in which an agency can become an agency that truly cares.

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    The Relationship Project

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Teaching Techniques, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) might have difficulty in forming intimate relationships. This innovative five part series teaches the required essential skills.

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    Understanding Communication Skills within the Non-Verbal Profound Population from Residential Psychologist Betsy Burtnik

    Expert Tips & Challenges

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Challenging Behaviors
    Format: Tips and Challenges
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Profound (low functioning)

    In this resource Betsy addresses the challenge of teaching society that all individuals with a profound intellectual disability have the ability to communicate and do so just as often as anyone of us.

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    YAI Sexuality Policy

    Topic: Management, Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Policy
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    The YAI policy on Relationships and Sexuality was designed based upon a model that was shared by an agency in New Zealand. We needed a much more specific policy that dealt with a myriad of issues for people with IDD and their families, as well as staff.

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