This training is for people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
A light lunch will be provided for those that pre-register for this event.
Sexuality is a basic part of being human, and sexual development begins when you are born and continues throughout your life. Many people with disabilities struggle with discussing the topic of relationships, intimacy, sexuality and safety. Healthy Relationships Matter for everyone and if you a person with an intellectual or developmental disability you need information about keeping your safe and having safe, healthy relationships.
Attend to this training to learn more about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. This information will help you make decisions about relationships and about what to do if you think your relationships is not healthy.
This is an interactive workshop, so we recommend that you login into the zoom meeting using a laptop, desktop, or device that has a camera, mic, and speakers which will allow you to share your video and be visible and interact with the other attendees.
Training will be cancelled and rescheduled if minimum registration number of 15 participants is not met.
Things to Learn in this Workshop:
- Are my relationships with other people healthy?
- Do I know the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships?
- What do I do if I think my relationships are not healthy?
Who Should Attend?
- People with (Self-Advocates) Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Attendees must pre-register online. There is no fee to register. On-site registration is not available.
This training is provided in collaboration with the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.
Dr. Rebecca Mandal-Blasio is the Clinical Director in Louisiana for Autism Spectrum Therapies and is a BCBA-D. She leads a team of BCBA Supervisors and Behavior Interventionists serving families in and around the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and the Florida Parishes areas. A Louisiana native, Dr. Mandal-Blasio received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as part of the Neurobehavioral Outpatient Unit and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Clinic. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill's Center for Development and Learning where she studied mental health issues in people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Louisiana and the former Director of the Northlake Resource Center on Developmental Disabilities where she conducted statewide training for caregivers and professional on topics related to people who have a dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and psychiatric/behavior problems. Dr. Mandal-Blasio has presented on these topics nationally and internationally in addition to publishing articles and chapters.
Sharon Delvisco, DSW, RSW, MSW has over 30 years of experience. Sharon enjoys advocating for people with disabilities. She has provided supported employment, supported living, community connections, mentoring, behavior and life skills support for people with all abilities, their families and the agencies that provide services to live in the community. She believes all people should be supported to live the lifestyle of their choice in the community. “Separate is not equal” is the guiding principle for all her work and advocacy efforts in the human services field. Sharon is an advisor for the Louisiana People First Northshore Chapter self-advocacy group. She has experience organizing, facilitating, and developing training for people with disabilities, their families and the agencies that provide community-based services. She has planned conferences, events, facilitated board retreats, developed and provided training in a variety of locations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in social work from Southern University at New Orleans. Sharon received her doctorate in Social Work Innovation from USC School of Social Work. Sharon is employed as a Training and Course Development Associate with Team Dynamics, LLC.