Serving Cook County

Studies demonstrate that education and skill practice are key to promoting healthy and mutually respectful behavior, regardless of a young person’s abilities. It is understood that young people with disabilities are far more vulnerable to sexual abuse than are their peers, especially those with developmental disabilities. Sexual health education must, therefore, encompass knowledge and skills that describe and promote healthy relationships, and reduce the risk of sexual abuse. The High School Relationships for Diverse Learners series includes lessons on communication and conflict resolution, decision making, dating abuse and breaking up, the role of technology in healthy relationships, consent, and power in relationships.