Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 21: Sexuality

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday February 05, 2021
Wednesday March 10, 2021

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This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This course focuses on sexuality and that sexuality is a part of human life. Content will review that by providing information and support about sexuality to students who are deaf-blind, we are helping people have the information that they need to lead a self-determined life.



Participants will:

  • Define sexuality as a natural and healthy part of the human experience.
  • Examine issues of sexuality which are relevant across the lifespan.
  • Describe sexuality education content for various ages (i.e., infant/toddler, preschool, school age, middle and high school, transition).
  • Distinguish sexuality myths from facts and understand the importance of sexuality education that is factual, medically accurate, age appropriate, and free of bias.
  • Describe the important role that self-esteem plays in self-determination and making healthy, informed choices.
  • Review the importance of being proactive with sexuality education and providing instruction before it is needed or becomes a problem.
  • Identify how sexuality education may be governed by laws and policies and must be conducted in collaboration with educational teams and families.


Target Audience

Teams and Individuals working with and/or interested in professional development regarding students who are deaf-blind, such as parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other service providers, including those who are not seeking to become interveners.


Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer


Patti McGowan

Additional Info

This module is part of the Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules (OHOA) series; you must be an OHOA cohort participant to register. The PA Deaf-Blind Project runs a training of the OHOA modules with a new cohort beginning each year in January.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.