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Navigating the world of sex and relationships can be challenging for any young adult, but for a person with autism, who may find forming relationships difficult, it can be an especially difficult time for them and their families.
For this live Q & A we were joined by Lesley Kerr-Edwards, Director of Image in Action, and Dr Jaycee Pownall, Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. You can read the transcript below.
Lesley, a teacher and drama therapist, founded Image in Action in 1986, an organisation which develops creative methods using active learning techniques and group work to deliver Sex and Relationships Education for young people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Image in Action is acknowledged as being one of the leaders in this field.
As the Director, Lesley now leads the organisation which works with children and young people, their parents and families, schools and colleges and services for adults.
Dr Pownall is a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. Jaycee has worked on research projects and delivered teaching across the areas of learning disabilities, health psychology and psychosis. Her interests have included exploring the impact of social exclusion upon the health knowledge and behaviour of young people with intellectual and physical disabilities. In particular, Jaycee is interested in the developing sexual understanding of young people with learning disabilities and the experience of families in supporting their children as they make the transition towards adulthood.