My Life My Body has produced guides and collected a number of other resources that you can use to support those in your care to thrive.
Inclusion Yukon Library
We've got resources for family, individuals, staff and service providers
Toll Free - 9 AM - 9 PM
Experts answer your questions about relationships, sex, birth control, and much more
Yukon Distress Line and Support Line
Need to talk to someone? We can help.
7 Pm - 12 AM
Yukon Communicable Disease Clinic
Do you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection?
Confidential and Free testing is available here.
Drop in house: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
# 4 Hospital road
call 667-8323 or 1-800-661-0408, extension 8323.
Yukon Sexual Health Clinic
406 Lambert St, Whitehorse
Phone: (867)- 393-6635
Find them on Facebook
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre
Hepatitis C and HIV/ AIDS Resources
405 Ogilvie St
Sex Education Links:
Need some information about how to care for your body, birth control, safe sex, and healthy relationships? These websites are a great start.
Canadian Down Syndrome Society: Mind and Body Self - Advocate Guide (Available in French and English)
Heart Your Parts and What's Your Relationship Status - Plain language information
Tools for Families and Caregivers:
Teaching relationships and sexuality to our children and the people we care about can feel intimidating. Family and caregivers are the most important source of information as they can provide fact-based information that is specific to each child's needs and each families' values. There are tools that can help.
Children with disabilities go through the same stages of development and changes in their body and mind that other children do - it's just that the timing might be delayed. Everyone needs access to important information about their bodies and relationships in order to make choices and stay safe.
This website has information specific to families with children with developmental disabilities Resources for every topic with discussion guides and tools, parents forum and other tools. It is written in very direct language with an important note that not all information will be relevant or applicable to your child. Only you know your family values and what's right for your child.
Teaching Sexual Health
These resources are more general but include many great tools.
Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities by Karin Melberg Schwier & Dave Hingsburger, Paul Brookes Publishing, ISBN 1557664285.
Parents play a key role in making sure their child develops healthy sexuality, that sense of self-confidence that makes us well-adjusted people. In this touching and lively book you'll learn to interact with your children in a way that increases self-esteem, encourages appropriate behavior, empowers them to recognize and respond to abuse, and enables them to develop lifelong relationships. Parents share you their stories, and individuals with intellectual disabilities explain what is important to them.
Enabling Romance: A Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for People with Disabilities (and the People who Care About Them) by Ken Kroll, Erica Levy Klein,Publisher: No Limits Communications; (November 2001), ISBN: 0971284202.
Enabling Romance candidly covers: shattering sexual stereotypes; building self-esteem; creative sexual variations; reproduction and contraception for people with disabilities; specific information on several different physical and sensory disabilities, including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, postpolio syndrome,
The Ethics of Touch: Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries In Service to People with Developmental Disabilities By Dave Hingsburger and Mary Harber
This training package looks at the delicate issue of touch. Those who provide direct care to people with developmental disabilities are often asked to be in private places performing intimate services. From bathing toileting to dressing, we are necessarily in close proximity to those we serve. Given this situation, it is imperative that staff be aware of how to provide these services while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. How do we appropriately express affection toward those we serve? This video suggests new and healthy ways of helping people with disabilities fulfill their deepest need.
No! How!!! Co-written by Dave Hingsburger
For too long others have determined what people with disabilities need to know to stop victimization. This video involved people with disabilities in acting, writing, producing and directing a film aimed at others with disabilities. From discussing disability to teaching boundaries and body parts, people with developmental disabilities take the lead.