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

Author: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Published: Thursday 10th June 2021
Summary: Department of Human Services releases research and resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and mental health and behavioral challenges.


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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