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The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project


2/7/23: Getting and Giving Consent: For People with Disabilities

How do we know that someone wants to do something with us? How do we make sure we are clear about what we want? Whether it is being in a person’s company or being sexual with another person, it takes the two of us to clearly communicate and to listen to the response. In this workshop, we will explore what consent means, how to give it, and how to get it.

Learning Objectives: Define consent, Explore how to give and get consent, Examine how to manage our feelings when we don’t get consent
Agenda: Introduction, Define consent, How to give and get consent, Saying no, accepting a no Manage our feelings, Wrap-Up

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, is the Founder, CEO and Lead Trainer for Elevatus Training. As a national expert on sexuality and I/DD she trains professionals, and parents as well as individuals to become sexual self-advocates, and peer sexuality educators. She is the author of, Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities curriculum. She has developed two online courses: Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101 for professionals and Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality for parents, and a 3-Day certificate training: Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer. She has spent her 25+ year career committed to elevating the status of all people, which is why the name of her growing company is Elevatus Training. Contact Katherine at