Have honest conversations about dating, love, relationships and sex for everyone.
We are a sexual health initiative aimed at people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters. We host educational/social events where people can have open, honest conversations about dating, love, relationships, and sex.
Check out The Advocate!
Extra, Extra! We’ve got a brand-new series of resources aimed at families, friends, and staff of adults with cognitive disabilities.
Inspired by individuals’ real-life experiences, The Advocate is a set of four magazine-style stories about family members and staff who provide support and advocacy around issues to do with dating, relationships, and sexuality. This resource is designed to provoke reflection and conversation on when and how it’s useful to provide this kind of support, and what best practice might look like.
Read them individually as PDFs, or download & print them as a set of 4 double-sided handbill-sized cards.
How to Use Real Talk
Intro to Real Talk
People with a cognitive disability meet over a casual meal to watch some Real Talk videos and participate in a conversation facilitated by a certified sexual health educator. (It’s free to attend!)
February Pizza Party – Port Coquitlam. Thursday, February 27th 6pm – 8:30pm. Click for more details!
People who support someone with a cognitive disability meet and discuss:
- Sexual health & education resources that are available, and which ones might work best for the person you support.
- Positive and affirming approaches to supporting sexuality.
- How to get more comfortable with feeling uncomfortable…
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Intro to Real Talk –
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…of people having calm, informative conversations about dating, love, relationships, and sex. This can help you feel braver and more relaxed about bringing up a topic which might be embarrassing but is necessary to talk about. It’s a big conversation and it’s happening everywhere! You’re not alone in this 🙂
…talking about dating, love, relationships, and sex at our events. People with cognitive disabilities come together in the Greater Vancouver area to watch Real Talk videos, have a casual meal, and chat about what’s going on for them. People can talk about hopes and dreams, problems that are happening, successes they’ve had.
Real Talk also helps supporters like your family and your staff get more comfortable talking about dating, love, relationships, and sex. When you feel more comfortable talking about this stuff, it works best if someone else in your life also feels more comfortable talking about this stuff. That’s how the conversations start to happen!