Online Workshop: Making Sexuality Education
Accessible for Hispanic/Latino/Latinx Families

A Pre-Recorded, 90-Minute Online Workshop

Workshop Description

Note: This is a pre-recorded, online workshop. Upon purchase, you will receive access to the video recording, as well as any accompanying documents.

This practical workshop is designed to help you break the cycle of silence and build a bridge for families of people with I/DD.

Many of us provide workshops, resources, and materials to families about how to discuss sexuality with their young and grown children with I/DD, but what about Hispanic/Latino/Latinx families who need the information just like other families? How do we provide access to this information and understand the impact on a person’s cultural beliefs, challenges, and barriers to having these conversations with professionals and with their own children with disabilities.

Our panel has lived experience in being Hispanic/Latino/Latinx or experience of working with these families as a professional. They will discuss the reality of being Hispanic/Latino/Latinx in the US and how this impacts families ability to have these sensitive conversations. They will share their personal stories of becoming “more open,” what they want from professionals, as well as many tips and tools for reaching these families.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 90 minute workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand Hispanic/Latino/Latinx families beliefs, challenges, and barriers to talking with their children with disabilities about sexuality.
  • Dispel myths professionals may have about these families and increase sensitivity to sociocultural differences when assisting families.
  • Explore tips and tools for reaching Hispanic/Latino/Latinx families with information about sexuality.

Workshop Price: $30

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Workshop Presenters:

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., CSE is a national expert and trains individuals, staff, and parents on sexuality and developmental disabilities. She teaches sexuality education to people with DD/ID as well as trains them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. Katherine is the author of an agency and school curriculum: Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and has developed two online courses; one to train professionals, Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101, and one for parents: Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality. Katherine has spent her career trying to elevate the status of all people, which is why the new name for her growing company is Elevatus Training.

Elizabeth Solá, M.A. has 25 years of extensive experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities as a bilingual special educator, working with individuals from infancy to adulthood and their families and currently as a self-direction broker to create inclusive opportunities and support self-determined individuals to live their best lives. As the parent of a young adult on the autism spectrum she also understands the importance of partnering with other parents to ‘start the conversation’ about healthy relationships and sexuality education from an early age. Elizabeth is on the advisory board and leads parent workshops in collaboration with Elevatus Training.

Yazmin Castellano has a master degree in School Psychology. Currently working towards her Ed.D in innovation and leadership. Yazmin has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Her primary goals are to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to Hispanic families and professionals serving Hispanic community. Yazmin has had the opportunity to present at the Family Café Annual Conference and CARD Statewide conference among others. Yazmin currently has a monthly session with D’latinos (Univision Ft. Myers) where she presents topics of interest to families with loved ones with autism as well as professionals working with people with autism.

Raquel Quezada is the author of two books, “Rompiendo Las Barreras De La Discapacidad” (Breaking the Barriers to Disability) and “El Heroe Dentro De Me” (The Hero Within Me). The creator, producer and presenter of the television program, Breaking the Barriers of Disability. Her mission is to educate, inform and share knowledge about the resources that exist for people with disabilities, where their family members can share their experiences and express how they are affected by it. Raquel was recognized as Woman of the Year and Fighter for the Rights of the Community with Disabilities, Boston 2020. Currently, she advocates for the rights of special education in the state of Massachusetts and teaches with the same purpose to educate parents, being invited as a speaker on various platforms in order to advocate for people with disabilities.