Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)
11/02/18 5:00 PM Central Time
Grant to a USA and territories nonprofit, IHE, agency, business, technical school, or faith-based institution for a project to educate people with disabilities about healthy romantic relationships. While the activities and outcomes supported by this program will mostly take place in Texas, any organization in the USA can apply. Funding is intended for training and educational opportunities for people with disabilities, allies, and providers to promote healthy physical relationships.
When it comes to being in loving relationships, dating, and/or getting married, most people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have the same desires as people who don’t have I/DD. However, there is not always support for people with I/DD to be in or to understand the dynamics of healthy romantic relationships. There may be even less support or fewer opportunities for people with I/DD to learn about sexual health. Some family members have shared that they don’t feel comfortable talking to their family members who have developmental disabilities about sexual health. Some providers are unsure about the most appropriate way to address sexual health in a manner that promotes self-determination and independence. Consequently, people with I/DD may not have had support to know about the appropriate names of all body parts and how they function; what people experience as they go through puberty; medical concerns related to having a healthy reproductive system and preventing or managing disease; one’s own values, family values, and cultural values related to sexuality; gender identity; sexual orientation; what might be considered in making the decision to be intimate with another; what is considered a healthy relationship; what constitutes assault and what actions to take if one has been sexually assaulted; and other aspects of sexual health.
Other organizations, including Developmental Disabilities Councils in other states, have worked to provide education to people with I/DD, families of people with I/DD, and allies about sexual health. Some opportunities and educational events took a conference format; some provided training and facilitated conversations in small groups; and others took a “train the trainer” strategy. Some have combined these approaches. For example, the Michigan Council held a three-day event. The event included two days of training for teams who could provide training to others (a “train the trainer” model). On the third day, they held a summit for a larger audience. During the two-day training, teams made up of an individual with I/DD and an ally were taught to provide training on sexual health. The teams came from around the state and returned to their homes able to provide training to others in their local area. Many of the team members who had I/DD were certified peer mentors employed by local centers to provide services and supports that were reimbursable by Medicaid. The one-day summit included information, discussion, and a chance for self-advocates to share messages they had received about sexual health. People participated in activities like as a “gallery stroll" of posters with statistics, pictures and photographs. Following the gallery stroll, they had an open conversation about their emotional reactions, thoughts and questions related to what they had read and seen.
You will hold at least five training and/or educational opportunities in multiple areas of the state of Texas. The training and/or educational opportunities will:
- Teach participants about sexual health using an evidence informed model or models;
- Ensure that people have the support they need to participate fully;
- Provide time for interaction and discussion;
- Reflect self-determination, support for families, and respect for cultural values in all activities; and
- Reflect evidence-informed practices.
Prior to implementing the first event, the person providing the training must provide evidence of a deep understanding of sexual health education for people with I/DD. Evidence could include proof of timely training or experience providing and evidence-based sexual health education to individuals with developmental disabilities. You may use an existing curriculum may be used or a new one that has been approved by TCDD.
The majority of funds are expected to be used to support the training and/or educational opportunities and to ensure that individuals providing the training and facilitating activities are highly qualified. Travel stipends should be available for individuals with I/DD if necessary to attend.
GrantWatch ID#: 184441
TCDD may award a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to three years.
Project Period: April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2022
TCDD does not plan to provide funding for these projects beyond three years. TCDD does not automatically continue funding each year. Organizations that are awarded funding must apply for continuation funding each year.
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