ASD, Sexuality & the Law
The complex world of sex and appropriate sexual behaviour can be extremely challenging for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, without guidance, many find themselves in vulnerable situations. This workshop examines how the ASD profile typically affects sexuality and how sexual development differs between the general population and those with ASD. It explains the legalities of sexual behaviour, how laws differ from country to country, and the possibility for adjustment of existing laws as they are applied to the ASD population. With advice on how to help people with autism spectrum disorder gain a better understanding of sexuality and a comprehensive list of resources, this workshop highlights the need for a more informed societal approach to the psychosexual development of people with ASD.
The presentation will address the questions:
- Understanding the socio-sexual development of individuals with ASD.
- How to safely use Internet and social media.
- What are the legal aspects of sexual behaviours.
- How to develop and understand the notion of consent.
Based on the book: The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know by Tony Attwood, Isabelle Hénault and Nick Dubin.
Based on Nick Dubin’s own experience, and drawing on the extensive knowledge of Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault, this important book addresses the issues surrounding the autism spectrum, sexuality and the law. A groundbreaking and honest account, this book will be an invaluable addition to the shelves of parents of children with ASD, mental health and legal professionals, teachers, and other professionals working with individuals on the spectrum.
Date:October 17-18, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Isabelle Hénault
Location: Wu Conference Centre, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
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