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An Innovative Sex Ed Curriculum for Persons with Disabilities

Friday, November 3
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Seabreeze

Target Audience: Professionals

Several years ago we were asked to create an innovative curriculum on sex education and relationships for people with disabilities by The Arc of Blair County (PA). The need for this curriculum was due to the increasing risk of individuals with disabilities going to jail for sexual behaviors and/or being victimized. The curriculum was written and has seen significant positive results. It is unlike anything else in the market right now and can provide help to individuals throughout the lifespan.

This session will talk about puberty, sexual expression, relationships, rights, and how to reduce sexually inappropriate behaviors. This interactive presentation will go over different ways to present information to individuals and why it's so important to have these discussions. Participants will leave with tools that they can take back to use in family homes, group homes, and day programs, as well as knowledge of this exciting curriculum.

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Michelle Garcia

Clinical Psychologist
Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates
The Woodlands, Texas

Dr. Michelle Garcia is a psychologist who has many years of experience in a wide variety of areas. She has worked with individuals of all ages who have dual diagnosis (Mental Illness and I/DD), as well as specialty populations such as eating disorders, veterans, athletes, and substance abuse. She first worked with the I/DD population as head of one of the Community Support Teams in Louisiana. She has owned her own community-based business for 10 years working with people with I/DD in the realms of psychological and neuropsychological testing, behavioral supports in their home, day program and school, consultation, co-writing the sex ed curriculum, and hosting and presenting at conferences. Her office is also a practicum site for several university students. Dr. Garcia's motto is improving quality of life and she strives to do that through her links to the community and the various projects she is a part of.


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Brandon Delgado

Licensed Psychological Associate
Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates
The Woodlands, Texas


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