Determining Sexual Consent
Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
Age Group: All
Level of Disability: Moderate, Mild (high functioning)
In order for an adult to engage in sexual activity with another,adult, legally each person must be able to provide informed consent. Being able to provide informed consent is normally automatic based upon attaining a legal age as mandated in each state. However, if a person has an intellectual/developmental disability, the courts will defer to professionals in our field making that determination. Included in this packet of information are policies and guidelines for determining consent and two tools, for higher functioning verbal people with IDD and a separate tool for those people who are not as high functioning or verbal.
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