Relationships & Sexuality

Couple watching the sunset and holding hands

The topic of sexuality is one that’s a challenge for many people to talk about. The challenge is compounded when individuals have specialized learning needs. Parents of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities may think adults “are not sexual,” or “They are oversexed.” Other beliefs include “If we talk about this subject it will give you ideas” or “You won’t be able to control yourself if we talk about your emerging sexuality.”

Children on the autism spectrum are 3 times as likely to be targets of bullying and physical or sexual abuse, compared to their neurotypical peers; a statistic that increases with intersectionalities with sexual orientation and gender fluidity. Did you know: Early research shows that people with autism report higher rates of homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality, and lower rates of heterosexuality.

Our goal is to provide families and individuals with the resources and support needed to address these challenges.

Friendships and Social Relationships
Puberty and Sex Education Resources
Puberty & Sex Education
Romantic relationships
Romantic Relationships
gender and identity
Sexual Identification and Gender Identity

Autism Society Options Policy

This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.

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