Dating and Relationships For People with Intellectual Disabilities

 

datingPeople with intellectual disabilities want to find love and companionship in the same way the general population does. At times they can face barriers and challenges to finding or maintaining intimate relationships with others for a variety of reasons. But, they still deserve to have the opportunity to live an everyday life that includes a relationship with others. People with intellectual disabilities want to find love and companionship in the same way the general population does. At times they can face barriers and challenges to finding or maintaining intimate relationships with others for a variety of reasons. But, they still deserve to have the opportunity to live an everyday life that includes a relationship with others. 

Although dating can be hard, it is important to provide support and education to individuals with intellectual disabilities as they explore what dating and relationships can look like for them. Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) currently provides training on Sexuality and ID where we talk about relationships; what they are and what do they look like. We define sex and intimacy, as well as, discuss the difference between sex and sexual health. The goal of this training is to increase one’s knowledge of unhealthy relationships and what to do if in one.

After the training, attendees will have increased their understanding of technology and its impact on relationships along with resources that provide further information related to sexuality and intellectual disabilities, agency policies, and sexual abuse. To request this training please go to www.pchc.org> Education>Request-a-training.