Human rights approach
All children and young people have a right to age-appropriate high quality puberty education. To learn and develop skills for safe relationships. Every adult has the right to positive sexuality and to meet their basic human needs safely. A cognitive or intellectual disability does not diminish this right.
Why is this so important?
The Royal Commission into disability has highlighted the increased risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation for people with disability, particularly people with communication disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability and people with intellectual disability. People with disability are two and a half times more likely to experience violence from an intimate partner, compared to people without a disability.
The lifetime experience of people who have experienced violence since the age of 15 is 65% of people with disability compared with 45% of people without disability.
Education is the key to empowerment. People with disability must have positive sexuality and relationship education, know what their rights are and have the skills and knowledge to build self-esteem, self-expression, develop fulfilling relationships as well as skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe.
 Violence against people with disability
 Violence against people with disabilty
Further sexuality and relationship education?
If you would like to access any of these supports please visit the referral page and complete the referral form.