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This capstone project, Exploring Relationships and Intimacy with Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), was completed by a Doctor of Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. The purpose of the project is to increase adults with I/DD's access to intimate partner relationships, sexual expression, and occupations related to intimacy by providing adaptive, community-centered, and meaningful resources.
The current occupational deprivation that the population experiences surrounding intimacy, sexual expression, and intimate partner relationships must be addressed to improve the population’s overall quality of life, health, and well-being. This project aims to inspire and empower healthcare providers, day program administrators, support staff members, and caregivers to address the intimacy education and intimate social participation needs for the people they support. With more training in and experiences of intimacy and intimate partner relationships, adults with I/DD will be better equipped to understand and express their sexuality, and advocate for their human rights.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Sexuality, Social Participation, Interpersonal Relations, Sex Education, Community Networks, Consumer Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Quality of Life, Sexual Behavior, Love
Medical Subject Headings
Persons with Mental Disabilities, Sexuality, Social Participation, Interpersonal Relations, Community Networks, Occupational Therapy, Quality of Life, Sexual Behavior, Love
Kennedy, G., Orozco Arteaga, J., & Petrocelli, T. (2023, May 1). Exploring Relationships and Intimacy with Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesspring2023/5