Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Religious Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Special education; People with mental disabilities--Social aspects; Church work with children with mental disabilities; Sex instruction


This paper began as a search for answers to the questions: (1) What is the meaning of human sexuality in society today? (2) To what extent are persons with disabilities considered to be sexual in today's society? (3) What is there in the literature that shows concern for special needs and/or special attributes of persons with disabilities in relation to human sexuality? (4) What education programs in human sexuality are needed and/or available (a) for persons with disabilities (b) for the community in general in relation to persons with disabilities? (5) What important issues are raised today in relation to persons with disabilities and sexuality? (6) What role do we as "Church" have in relation to persons with disabilities and sexuality? The result of this search has been the compilation of a reasonably extensive bibliography; and the content of this paper briefly considers some of the answers to the above questions as portrayed by the writers included in the bibliography, together with a concluding reflection Human sexuality on the role of the church concerning persons with disabilities and human sexuality, and some recommendations relating to further research, study and pastoral work.


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