Parents united

parents involvement in the sexual education of children with disabilities

The first Transnational Project Meeting Agenda took place on the 5th and 6th of December 2022 in Turin, In Italy


Sexuality education has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “an action aimed at promoting an individual’s acquisition of a state of psychosexual well-being”. Among the main reasons of the WHO, it recognizes the right of all human beings to be informed and respect for sexual rights to achieve the highest level of sexual health: seeking, receiving and imparting information on sexuality; receive sex education; enforce their physical integrity; choose your partner; decide whether to be sexually active or not; entering into consensual sexual relations; choosing consensual marriage; decide if and when to have children; seek a satisfying, safe and enjoyable sex life. 

Under this standard and as the WHO European unwanted teenage pregnancies and sexual violence, especially for young people and people with disabilities which are the information, favoring the development of behaviors matured by the information learned and attitudes favorable to the find it very difficult to discuss this topic with their children, especially when they have a disability. Parents of persons with disabilities therefore need communication strategies and tactics to initiate, maintain and influence their child during informal education.

description of the project

The sex education project aimed specifically at parents of children with special needs was born from the acceptance of their request for support in the sexual education of their children and from the need to deal daily with the relevant professional figures. The project will develop from the sharing with families of the idea of sexual education as a training in the awareness of one’s own body and the body of the other in an interpersonal relationship based on mutual respect; knowledge of correct information on prevention; awareness of one’s gender difference; respect for differences; search for their own beliefs and values. 
The realization of the project is based on the broader objective of strengthening the right to information as personal training and creating relational contexts in which to share experiences and attribute meaning, in the belief that sex education is a right for everyone. The ultimate goal of the project is the inclusion of such a parent trained on the emotional and sexual care of their disabled children in the process of experimenting non-formal and informal learning, with the creation of prerequisites for the experimentation of training in the target areas and the creation of a learning environment for the transnational learning of the project. This will allow them to improve their knowledge and skills by creating prerequisites for testing training in the target sectors and creating a learning environment for transnational project learning.


  1. TRAINING OF PARENTS with sufficient knowledge of the different forms of disability (various physical impairments, intellectual impairments, mental health problems, chronic diseases, aging, etc.) and their relationship with the emotional, sentimental and sexual sphere of their children. The proposed innovation aims to address the emerging need of parents to deal with the emotional and sexual aspects of their disabled children, a difficult topic to address and promote in society, and to overcome the public prejudice that these people’s sexual feelings and instincts do not. must be recognized and respected. 
  2. CREATING AN INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT to train parents of children with disabilities. 
  3. DISSEMINATION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES to learn or improve their interpersonal, intimacy and intimate and / or sexual relationship skills from a well-trained parent. The project is innovative mainly in: The implementation of the validation of non-formal and informal learning systems in the field of emotional and sexual education of parents to support their disabled children, a growing sector in Europe that lacks a common framework for transparency of competences, especially in this matter. 


1. PROMOTION OF SOCIAL INCLUSION through non-formal and informal learning paths of parents in assisting to improve the emotional and sexual self-awareness of their disabled children.

2. EQUIPMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WITH QUALIFIED TRAINING in education, awareness and emotional and sexual skills, facilitating the process of social inclusion of all those involved in the improvement of these areas, also from a psychological point of view.


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This project has been funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.