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Service provider consultation survey: Enhancing effective sexual health promotion for Autistic and disabled youth

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We are looking for service providers to complete a survey to help inform the development of resources to improve the sexual health promotion of Autistic and disabled youth.

Background information on the consultation:
The Enhancing Effective Sexual Health Promotion for Autistic and Disabled Youth project is funded through a contribution agreement with Health Canada's Health Care Policy and Strategies Program (Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund).

About SIECCAN

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization that works with educators, health professionals, community organizations, and governments to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Canadians. A core objective of SIECCAN is to increase the capacity of educators and institutions that deliver education and healthcare to Canadians to provide comprehensive sexual health education. 

Project Summary 

Autistic youth and disabled youth (see section below on Importance of language for an explanation of our language choice) in Canada are an underserved population with respect to the provision of quality sexual health information and services tailored to their needs. The overarching goal of this project, funded by Health Canada’s Health Care Policy and Strategies Program (Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund), is to improve service providers’ knowledge and skills to effectively promote the sexual health and well-being of Autistic youth and disabled youth (with physical disabilities). To achieve this goal, we will be developing two toolkits for service providers consisting of a series of online and print training materials to address the sexual health needs of Autistic youth and disabled youth (with physical disabilities), respectively. In the context of this project, youth refers to any individual aged 29 and under.

Importance of language

There is currently no consensus regarding preferred language to talk about autism and/or disability both among people with lived experience (i.e., Autistic people and disabled people) and across other stakeholder groups (i.e., service providers and family members). Existing literature along with first person narratives suggests that identity-first language (i.e., Autistic youth or disabled youth), which views autism and/or disability as a core aspect of an individual’s identity that cannot be separated from the individual, is often preferred among those with lived experience, as opposed to person-first language (i.e., youth with autism or youth with a disability), which views autism and/or disability as an attribute of a person rather than defining feature of who they are (Andrews et al., 2022; Botha, 2021; Bury et al., 2020; Liebowitz, 2015). As such, we have chosen to use identity-first language for this project, but we recognize this is not preferred by all.

It is also important to note that while some Autistic people identify as being disabled, not all Autistic people identify this way. Therefore, any reference to disabled people in our project will not include Autistic people. We will specifically mention Autistic people when referring to this population. Finally, any mention of disabled youth in the context of this project will specifically refer to those with physical disabilities.

Purpose of the consultation survey

The following survey will ask you questions about your experience with sexual health promotion in general and sexual health promotion with Autistic and/or disabled youth. Your answers will be used to better understand the needs of service providers in promoting sexual health and well-being among Autistic youth and disabled youth to inform the development of two educational toolkits.

Who should complete the consultation survey

This consultation survey is meant to be completed by service providers, which we define as anyone in a formal position to provide sexual health information and/or services to Autistic and/or disabled youth. Some examples of service providers include educators, therapists/counselors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, public health professionals, community organization staff, physicians, nurses, and others.

Confidentiality

Your responses to this survey will remain confidential and only reported in aggregate with those of other respondents. Please be assured that if at any point during the survey, you do not feel comfortable answering a question, there will always be an option to not answer. We very much appreciate your cooperation and honesty in answering this survey.

You will have the option to enter a draw for 1 of 10 prize draws for a $100 Visa gift card for sharing feedback with us. 

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