Sex education, appropriate for the developmental level and intellectual attainment of individuals with Down syndrome, adds to life quality by engendering healthy sexuality, reducing the risk of sexual abuse, avoiding sexual misunderstandings, preventing disease transmission, preventing unwanted pregnancy and alleviating other problems related to sexual function. In the past, sexuality was not considered an issue for any people with Down syndrome because of the inaccurate belief that intellectual disability formerly known as mental retardation produced permanent childhood. In fact, all people with Down syndrome have sexual feelings and intimacy needs. It is important that expression of these feelings in socially acceptable, age appropriate ways be recognized by families and caregivers.
Issues of sexuality in Down syndrome
As human beings, individuals with Down syndrome have the right to emotionally satisfying and culturally appropriate sexual expression. As patients, they have the right to routine reproductive health care provided to the general population. Cognitive and language disabilities may predispose this population to unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and sexual exploitation. Sex education tailored to cognitive level, learning style, and living arrangements is essential to the education of children and young adults with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Research and Practice , 3 2 ,
I’ll pay a girl to have sex with my Down’s Syndrome son
Otto is an aspiring actor who has appeared in local stage versions of Macbeth and The Canterbury Tales. Lucy, 50, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, is single and has never married but has four adopted sons — James, 25, Otto, 21, Titus, 14, and Raphael, seven. I always encourage him to go to nightclubs and other places where people pick up women. Otto said he persuaded his mum to help him find a partner after three years of knock-backs.
Adolescence for children with an intellectual disability can be particularly challenging. Photograph: iStock. My year-old son has Down syndrome. He is a happy and lovable child and gets on with everyone in the family. He has always been extremely affectionate and hugs everyone he meets.