Workshop #2 – Empowerment through Prevention Education: Working with People with Developmental Disabilities
Tuesday, August 11th @ 11:30am
Presentation Abstract: This presentation will take a look at barriers faced by people living with disabilities and ways that reducing disparities can enhance quality of life. We will examine ways in which violence prevention and sexuality education sessions can be developed and delivered while being mindful of ability and disability, because ableism has no place and serves no purpose in sexuality education. The presenter will share stories of health and wellness through her clients, discussing various cases and challenges faced while providing services. The presenter will also share teaching methods, strategies and lessons learned while providing sex education free of biased language and practices. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to examine lessons and activities and determine their appropriateness and applicability to education clients.
Presenter Name(s): Sarah Dahlston (she/her/hers)
Lead Presenter Bio: Sarah Dahlston is the Director of Education for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio. She works to provide community members from all walks of life with comprehensive, unbiased, and inclusive violence prevention and sexual health education. Sarah strongly believes that all people deserve the knowledge and tools they need to assist them in making the best sexual health decisions for themselves and their partners. In her nearly 4 years at Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, Sarah has provided direct education to hundreds of young people in schools, juvenile justice centers, foster care agencies, and other community-based organizations. She has also provided professional development trainings for adults who work directly with youth in their own communities. In addition, Sarah spearheaded the development of educational programming for people with developmental disabilities as well as a college focused peer education program. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Sexuality Educator.
This publication is supported in part by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Rape Prevention Education, by Grant No. ODH Project Number: 01860214VW0820 awarded to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence by the Department of Health. It is also supported in part by VOCA Grant No. 2020-VOCA-132920668; and by subgrant No. 2019-WF-VA7-8919 awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Ohio Department of Health, or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.