Amie O'Shea, Deakin University
Linda Stokoe, Deakin University

Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) is a rights based relationships and sexuality program by and for people with intellectual disability. The program is delivered by peer educators in local network sites, supported by program partners from community health, sexuality and disability sectors. In this presentation lead SL&RR Peer Educator Linda Stokoe and national SL&RR co-ordinator Amie O’Shea will talk about the program and why we think it is important in sexuality and relationships education as well as violence prevention. Peer education is rare in the field of intellectual disability, and especially so for topics of relationships and sexuality. But we have learned that having trainers who are ‘in my shoes’ helps participants to make new connections and facilitate democratic learning opportunities. Linda will talk about how SL&RR can make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disability both as participants and Peer Educators. She will talk about her experiences as a paid Peer Educator and staff member at Deakin University. Amie will talk about gathering the evidence of program outcomes and what we have learned so far. Then Linda and Amie will talk about how they see SL&RR progressing into the future.


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