New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation has sent out information on this wonderful workshop for professionals, self-advocates and sexuality educators to better support LGBTQ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Alliance notes that LGBTQ people with I/DD have felt invisible when someone is supporting them around the topic of sexuality.

Speaking from personal experiences, the presenters will delve deep into issues and barriers that impact LGBTQ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and focus on knowledge and supports that are affirming and liberating to the LGBTQ community.

The agenda includes:

  • Defining sexual identity, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ people with I/DD
  • Promote healthy LGBTQ+ relationships
  • Resource sharing
  • Questions and answers


Date: June 13, 2023

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Register here.

The presenters are Pauline Bosma, founder and coordinator of the Rainbow Support Groups, and Oscar Hughes, who started his career as a special education teacher for high school and transition-age students with I/DD, where he sought to create a classroom and school environment that was inclusive to trans and gender-diverse students. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in special education at Boston University, where his research focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ adults with I/DD to express their gender and sexuality.

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