People with disabilities have traditionally been denied access to sexuality education or the free expression of sexuality. Through a disability studies lens, this book considers the historical, legal, and ethical implications of sexuality education for people with disabilities. Editors Gibbon, Monaco, and Bateman and their contributors discuss the roles of family, culture, entertainment, education, and social media as they relate to sexuality education and explore contextual concepts such as intersectionality, the range of disabling conditions, and the connections between adolescent development and disability.The text concludes with recommendations to support people with disabilities in the transition to adulthood. The editors advocate for public policy improvements and a call to action for students, teachers, and families.
About the Author
Thomas C. Gibbon is associate professor and chair of the Educational Leadership and Special Education Department at Shippensburg University. In addition to teaching, he coordinates a school-to-work partnership between local school districts and the university for high school students with disabilities. Elizabeth A. Harkins Monaco is assistant professor of special education and disability studies at William Paterson University. With over fifteen years' experience supporting individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, she studies the critical importance of social justice pedagogy alongside educational excellence for all students. David F. Bateman is professor of special education at Shippensburg University. He is a former classroom teacher and a former due process hearings officer.