Out of Bounds
Can't Fix It
people with intellectual disabilities enjoy normal biological development and
have the same sexual needs and desires as do all young people.
parents and professionals may be unprepared and uncomfortable discussing
sexuality with these youths. Consequently, they often receive little or no
guidance on healthy sexuality and appropriate sexual expression. Adding to
the problem is the lack of opportunity to learn alongside typical peers
about the "rules of engagement" and how to maintain and respect
personal boundaries. They are often grouped
socially with much younger children who then become a highly
inappropriate peer group for them.
live in a highly
sexualized society yet parents and professionals may
mistakenly believe that youths with intellectual disabilities don't notice.
Experts tells us otherwise, however. People with intellectual disabilities
are sexual beings, as are we all. They notice
relationships, provocative dress and media messages all around them and they want their own experiences and
When young people make sexual mistakes, there can be long-term
repercussions for them, the victims, families, and the community. Mistakes
are often preventable through education and early intervention but there
are very few resources available. Parents don't know where to turn for
help, especially if they observe a problem or have a concern and they
worry their child will be judged or misunderstood or gain yet another
label. Resources generally focus on supporting victims and managing
offenders but there are very few programs to educate or intervene early
and prevent young people with intellectual disabilities from making sexual
mistakes or becoming victims themselves.
We hear from
individuals with intellectual disabilities and their family members about
the painful consequences that can stem from sexual mistakes and
Dr. Gerry D. Blasingame shares
insights on how to help young people
intellectual disabilities avoid sexual mistakes and pursue
The program profiles several families and features experts on the topic,
including Dr. Gerry D. Blasingame, who is a highly recognized expert on
the subject and has written several books on sexuality and developmental
Running time: 39 minutes
Produced & Directed by Sixth Street Productions In conjunction with
The Social Work Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver
Producer/Director -- Sharon M. Thomson,
Sixth Street Productions
Executive Producer -- Dr. Virginia Cruz, Director, MSW Program, MSU Denver
Ideal for in-service training, workshops
and seminars on topics of disability.
A must see for...
Policy makers in the areas of
public health, health, mental health, early intervention, education, developmental
disabilities, and child welfare.
Child welfare caseworkers, supervisors, administrators and case aides
Social workers, social work students,
and other practitioners.
Medical professionals and medical students, including doctors, nurses,
psychologists, speech pathologists, audiologists and therapists
Teachers who have students with disabilities in the classroom
Home health care workers and administrators
Parent advocates and support groups
Parents with developmental
disabilities raising a child.
Administrators of federal and state funding programs, including SSI and
Personnel involved in handicapped accessibility programs
Medical libraries, health libraries, college and university libraries
Anyone interested in social and cultural issues related to disabilities
The cost of the video is $175.00
which includes shipping and handling
To Order contact Sharon Thomson
Sixth Street Productions