Sexual Education for persons with Disabilities

Location: Turin, Italy   |   Duration: 5 days   |   Cost: 350€/person


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Course programme

As stated by the Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe, the objective of sex education is to encourage the acquisition of a state of psychosexual well-being by an individual. Sex education means learning about the biological, cognitive, psychological, emotional, relational and social aspects of sexuality.

In designing an intervention of sex education aimed at people with disabilities, first is necessary to identify the general themes to be proposed, making use of the Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe   published in 2010 by WHO Regional Office for Europe and BzgA. This source, drawn up in the form of a consensus document by a group of international experts representing different areas, lists the indispensable topics of sex education, to be used as guidelines in any sex education intervention and to be deepened according to the levels of age.

Sexuality is never a special need, but it is a component of the path of development and it is a dimension of growth that dynamizes the interior life by activating the sphere of affections, relationships and projects. Sexuality is a daily and natural reality, which as such should be considered a “normal” educational need to recognize and affirm the legitimacy of the right to sexuality.

Like any other constitutive dimension of human nature, sexuality is a normal component of the path of life, but it is not always recognized and accepted.

When educational attention to sexuality is lacking, often considered a marginal aspect of the life of the individual and a residual area in educational planning, the course of adulthood risks failing, excluding a legitimate search for personal psychosexual well-being.

In day 5, we will share real critical cases and situation in order to find together possible answer and intervention in order to give resources and personal contracts.


The course is held in English. For groups with at least 8 participants, we can organise an ad-hoc session in a different language. Upon request, the session can be also organised and delivered in International Signs


The presupposition of the training is that sexuality is a right-need of all individuals, as a constitutive dimension of human existence and a component of growth that accompanies all individuals in the same way.

In this perspective, the first step suggested to the professional is not to approach sexuality as a special need but to legitimize it as an educational need and as a civil right.
Firstly, the guidelines of sex education are illustrated, as proposed at European level by WHO in the Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe, the most appropriate objectives and approaches to construct a method to be adapted to the different sex education interventions can design.
Starting from this theoretical framework, information, skills and attitudes to be included in the planning of a sex education intervention are proposed, divided into the macro-themes indicated by WHO. Information, competences and attitudes have been selected from the wide repertoire exhibited in Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe: in the selection, it was decided to ignore the breakdown by age group, taking for granted that they would turn to an adult target whose disability however , especially if intellectual, could compromise the understanding of the contents.
Subsequently, psychosexual development is deepened by sketching what may be the critical points for a person with disabilities: building the self-image, experimentation of pleasure, role of peers and rites of passage, risks of deadultation, perception of addiction, elaboration of affective codes and internalization of cultural filters.
Finally, referring specifically to the studies of Lascioli, three situations are described in which the sexuality of the person with disabilities is likely to be channelled into a problematic path: when it is ignored, when it is relegated to the sphere of genitalia, when it is relegated to the sphere of genitalia, when it is relegated to the sphere of genitalia, when it is relegated to the sphere of genitalia, is not mentalized.
The contents of the different units are united by the intention to bring out the affective-sexual area as a chapter of education, as well as other areas of development the subject of educational design.

Target Group

The target group of the training includes professional who are operating daily with people with disability (educators, social workers, caregivers etc.), and also the all other adult people living with people with disabilities (mainly tutors and families of the people living with disabilities).

Certificates rewarded

▪  Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
▪  Europass Mobility Certificates – to be issued by the applicant’s National Agency

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