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Sophia Greene

MA

Ontario, Canada

Promoting Sexual Health With Autistic Youth And Disabled Youth

Sophia Greene (they/them & she/her) completed their Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Victoria focusing on embodied resistance to patriarchy and colonialism. They also completed their Sexual Health Educator Certificate from Options for Sexual Health. They work as the Sexual Health Education Coordinator at the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) working across multiple research projects. They have been working in gender justice for over 10 years.

Their main research interests surround gender and sexualities, feminist and queer theories, gender-based violence prevention, and pleasure as a means of resistance. At SIECCAN, they have worked on the Promoting Sexual Health with Autistic Youth and Disabled Youth projects and the Preventing Gender-Based Violence project and are now working on a research project to create educational tools for teaching boys and young men about consent.

Their approach to sexual health education centers liberation and is oriented towards demystifying the harmful narratives we are told about our bodies and sex. They use a systems-based perspective which considers how social systems like patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism affect the way we are in relationship with one another and ourselves. They specialize in providing sex ed to adults that is queer- and survivor-oriented and invites us to consider how we can find pleasure, joy, and justice through accessible and relevant sexual health education.

Program Description

The Enhancing Effective Sexual Health Promotion for Autistic and Disabled Youth project, made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada, aims to improve the sexual health and well-being of Autistic youth and disabled youth. Through this project funding, SIECCAN led the development of two capacity-building toolkits consisting of policy guidelines, a support provider guide, as well as sexual health resources for youth (e.g., information sheets and videos). Through this workshop, we will discuss the process of developing the toolkit resources, as well as key recommendations, primarily for service providers, to empower Autistic youth and disabled youth to make informed decisions about their sexual health and well-being. These recommendations are grounded in several core principles including acceptance of differences, self-determination, and mutual learning and support.

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