By Sanne Wortel
As humans, we all have sexual rights. The sexuality of mentally handicapped people must stop being ignored, as it has been in the past. Adolescents with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome go through the same physical changes and have the same questions about sex as mentally able youth. Although they are at a disadvantage due to their social detachment, their sexuality cannot be ignored; rather, it needs to be explained. This article focuses on the approach and importance of sexual education for these individuals. The sexual education must be tailored to fit the abilities of the person with Autism; however, it must cover the same material as sexual education for those without the disorder.
This article by Sanne Wortel was first published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 1 Issue 4 (2009). Click here for the complete text.