What is Confidentiality?

If someone is talking about our care plan, or our medical records, they may tell us that the information is ‘confidential’. But what does ‘confidential’ mean? If we went to a clinic to talk to a doctor or nurse, would that conversation be confidential?

 

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An Example of a Confidentiality Agreement for a Lifeshare Contractor

An Example of a Confidentiality Policy for a Clinic

What We Talk About And Why

Where to Get Information About Sex

Sex education happens to everybody every day, whether we like it or not. We are bombarded with images, messages, and ideas about sex from our televisions, billboards, iPods, computers, and magazines. This ‘education’ is factually unreliable, and it often reinforces a particular value set. Some people are objectified. Others are ridiculed or erased. This ‘education’ is also a one-way monologue. It’s not a dialogue. There isn’t room for questioning or reflection.

In the midst of all this, we could all use someone reliable and trustworthy to talk to about sexuality. For people with cognitive disabilities, picking the right person or resource is important. Our videos discuss what qualities to look for in a confidante. We also list services that provide accurate, agenda-free sexual health information. You can also find this information on our Resources page.

We also discuss who NOT to talk to about sex. (Strangers are usually a bad choice, for example.)