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Programs & Services

For Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

We understand that people with developmental disabilities are often left out of conversations around relationships, sexual health and decision making. Additionally, those with developmental disabilities experience a significantly higher rate of sexual assault, unplanned pregnancies and STIs.

At SHORE Centre, we are committed to providing accurate, accessible information to all members of our community. After engaging in a community consultation process, we used participant feedback to inform the development of “SexAbility” – a Sexual Health Program for people with developmental disabilities consisting of weekly workshops.

We also recognize that parents, caregivers and support staff are essential to those they care for. We provide support and education to increase your knowledge and comfort in talking about and teaching sexual health.

Program topics can include, but are not limited to:

• Relationships & Dating
• Staying Safe Online
• Informed Decision Making
• Consent & Boundaries
• Anatomy & Puberty
• Gender & Sexuality
• Birth Control & Pregnancy Options
• Safer Sex & Sexually Transmitted Infections
• Masturbation
• Talking About and Teaching Sexual Health

Our programs can be customized to the size and specific needs of each group. Each workshop is presented in a non-judgmental, safe environment where participants are free to share their opinions and thoughts. All of our programs and services at SHORE Centre are free thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and our donors.

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