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Latest Issue of the 'Positive Approaches Journal' Focuses on Sexuality and Connectedness

Author: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Published: 10th Jun 2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Disability and LGBT Sexuality Publications

Summary: Department of Human Services releases research and resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and mental health and behavioral challenges.


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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released the latest issue of the Positive Approaches Journal, which aims to provide the most recent research and resources for people with mental health and behavioral challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities to live an everyday life. This edition focuses on sexuality and connectedness.

"Part of DHS' mission is to ensure that people, regardless of disability, have the resources and information they need to live an everyday life. But too often, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not receive the support or education they need to be safe and healthy while exploring and experiencing social connections and sexuality," said Acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead. "We hope that this edition of the Positive Approaches Journal will provide some of those resources and will chip away at myths and misconceptions about socialization and sexuality within the disability community."

This edition features research and articles on the following:

The journal is a collaboration of DHS' Office of Developmental Programs and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and collects resources, observations, and advancements in mental and behavioral health in order to better serve people with dual diagnoses in their communities.

For more information visit www.dhs.pa.gov

MEDIA CONTACT: Erin James - ra-pwdhspressoffice@pa.gov

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2Transgender Reporting Guide
How to write about transgender people.

3Glossary of Sexuality Terms
Definitions of sexual terms & acronyms.

4Glossary of Sexual Identities
Definitions of gender related terms.

5Am I Gay? Questions to Ask
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• (APA): Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. (2021, June 10). Latest Issue of the 'Positive Approaches Journal' Focuses on Sexuality and Connectedness. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 24, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/disability/945.php


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