Current research on sexual violence perpetrated against individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) focuses on rates of victimization and individual risk factors. This research suggests that individuals with IDD are at a greater risk for sexual violence compared with the general public. At this time, there is no comprehensive theoretical framework to explain sexualContinue reading “Understanding the Risk of Sexual Violence of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from an Ecological Framework Published in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities”
Dr. Curtiss was invited to the Center of Disability Studies at the University of Delaware to present on Sexual Consent and Disability. Participants learned what sexual consent is from a sexual health perspective and a legal perspective. They also learned important considerations when teaching consent and how teaching consent promotes sexual safety. When Dr. CurtissContinue reading “Sexual Consent and Disability”
Dr. Curtiss was invited by the Autism Alliance of Michigan to give a workshop on sexual abuse identification, response, risk reduction, and prevention. The workshop covered how to: Identify the various forms of sexual abuse Respond to a sexual abuse crisis Identify multiple prevention strategies Understand how to best support prevention efforts
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin’s Autism Research Group led by Louise Gallagher invited families living to meet with the research team to better understand autism genomic research. Dr. Curtiss was a visiting scholar with the Autism Research Group.
Families with children on the autism spectrum are often viewed in terms of their deficits rather than their strengths. Family meals are portrayed as sources of stress and struggle for parents and children. In this study, we take a resilience perspective to challenge underlying assumptions and get a more accurate picture of the nature ofContinue reading “The Nature of Family meals: A New Vision of Families of Children with Autism Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders”
The need for residential group homes for people with disabilities is rising- but there’s a shortage of caregivers in Illinois. The The 21st Show covered this important topic and included Dr. Curtiss in the discussion. Listen to the episode here [https://will.illinois.edu/21stshow/program/caregiver-shortage-for-people-with-disabilities-unwelcome-pregnancy-co].
Sarah Curtiss was invited to speak to over 500 practitioners, educators, parents, and self-advocates when Temple Grandin came to speak at Champaign-Urbana Autism Network’s conference. Read more about the event here [http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-10-26/temple-grandin-returns-alma-mater-autism-conference.html].
Sarah Curtiss and Linda Tortorelli (direct or The Autism Program) gave a webinar to 4-H leaders throughout the state of Illinois. We were excited the 4-H recognized the importance of supporting autistic youth in their activities.