17. From Unsure to Excited: Building a Sexual Health Education Program for Youth with Disabilities

Speaker: Rebekkah Abeyta

Session Handouts:
Sexual Self-Advocacy Pamphlet
Resources for Professionals
Elevatus Flyer
Intro into Design Thinking Handout
Community Needs & Readiness Assessment

Session Description:
Students with disabilities are often not considered when school districts and community organizations provide comprehensive sex ed programming. In this session, we will
explore how to build a program for youth with disabilities in your school, district, or organization. Participants will learn how to identify and engage key stakeholders and use Elevatus resources to support the program design while centering the work around the youth that the program will serve.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, Speech therapists, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/Administrators, Assistive Technology Specialists, Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists, School Counselors and/or School Psychologists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Paraprofessionals

Speaker Bio:
headshot of Rebekkah AbeytaRebekkah Abeyta, Elevatus Training Adjunct Trainer, has been working in sexual health for over nine years. Throughout her career, she has focused on education, community organizing, professional development and program design. Bekkah has become a leader innovating program design along with furthering what professional development can be. Her passion for inclusive and engaging sexual health spaces and experience with sex education programming for youth with disabilities have led her to curriculum adaptation work she does with Elevatus. Over the years she has also worked with BeforePlay.org, Planned Parenthood of the Rockies Mountains, Denver Health Hospital, and the Trailhead Institute. In her free time she loves traveling, cooking and camping with her pup!

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