Dating someone with down syndrome

The development of a secure sexual identity is a difficult task even in the absence of a physical or mental disability (Grant, 1995).The emergence of sexual behavior in the individual with Down syndrome alarms some parents and caretakers who may rightly fear that their child's cognitive deficit makes him or her especially vulnerable: to unwanted pregnancy, sexual exploitation and abuse, and to sexually transmitted disease.Love is not only a great feeling, it’s scientifically proven to improve your overall happiness. Here’s our intro to the world of dating with down syndrome. You might wonder: Unfortunately, there are no objective answers to these questions.

Sex education tailored to cognitive level, learning style, and living arrangements is essential to the education of children and young adults with Down syndrome.

This article was originally published in the journal Down Syndrome Research and Practice, vol 3, issue 2, 1995. Abstract -As human beings, individuals with Down syndrome have the right to emotionally satisfying and culturally appropriate sexual expression.

Copyright © 1995-2001 The Down Syndrome Educational Trust. As patients, they have the right to routine reproductive health care provided to the general population.

Review of developmentally appropriate sexual issues should be part of the medical and psychological evaluation of all individuals with Down syndrome.

All individuals, regardless of disability, are sexual beings.

You can offer to let them chaperone if they’re worried, just as long as they let you and your date enjoy the activities you have planned.

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