Yi Wen Shao (she/her) is a project coordinator with the Sex Information & Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), a not-for-profit organization that works to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Canadians. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the field of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her professional work has largely focused on addressing the social determinants of health that contribute to the health inequities that disabled people experience. As a project coordinator with SIECCAN, Yi Wen oversees the Enhancing Effective Sexual Health Promotion for Autistic and Disabled Youth project, which aims to improve the sexual health and well-being of Autistic youth and disabled youth through the development of sexual health promotion resources for policy makers, service providers, and youth themselves.
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.