Sexuality Education: Our efforts to support people with developmental disabilities to express their sexuality is based on the following shared values:

  • We are all sexual beings. Sexuality is a positive and pleasurable part of life.

  • The fundamental principles of self-advocacy are that people with developmental disabilities can have control over their own lives, make their own decisions, solve problems and speak for themselves. These principles extend to sexuality and relationships.

  • People have the right to choose their own partners – same sex, opposite sex, differently-abled.

  • Everyone has a right to information about health and sexuality provided in an accessible manner.

  • Relationships are learning opportunities. We move in, out, and within them in different ways.

  • Treat adults as adults. Have respect for an individual’s right to make choices and mistakes.

  • Accept people where they are; support people in discovering who they are. No judging – do not push your values on someone else.

Leaving the church

Click here to download a brochure about sexual self-advocacy

GMSA has been fortunate to work with Katherine McLaughlin to create a number of resources. Check out a one-of-a-kind sexuality curriculum written to be team taught by self-advocates and allies.

Here is the program from a popular conference held in Vermont on celebrating sexuality in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.




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