Maryanne Martin and Tommy Pilling. Dating can be brutal, no matter who you are. These feelings and experiences are no different for many adults with Down Syndrome leading active, and fulfilling romantic lives. According to to Couwenhoven, this is partly due to cultural stigma and sex shaming that affects the general population as a whole. Couwenhoven partially attributes much of the lack of information about sexuality in people with Down Syndrome to common misconceptions that individuals with the condition are sterile, incapable of, and uninterested in sex.
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I followed my brother and his new girlfriend on their first date. I acted as the paparazzi, if you will. It struck me that many people may wonder what dating is like for those with Down syndrome, so here is your all-access pass. This is exactly what it's like:. Dating with Down syndrome isn't much unlike dating without it.
I Followed My Brother With Down Syndrome On His First Date
Sex education, appropriate for the developmental level and intellectual attainment of individuals with Down syndrome, adds to life quality by engendering healthy sexuality, reducing the risk of sexual abuse, avoiding sexual misunderstandings, preventing disease transmission, preventing unwanted pregnancy and alleviating other problems related to sexual function. In the past, sexuality was not considered an issue for any people with Down syndrome because of the inaccurate belief that intellectual disability formerly known as mental retardation produced permanent childhood. In fact, all people with Down syndrome have sexual feelings and intimacy needs. It is important that expression of these feelings in socially acceptable, age appropriate ways be recognized by families and caregivers. Sexuality education is the way to plan for this aspect of adulthood as it applies to independence in educational, social, residential and vocational settings.
By Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline. A 'joined at the hip' couple who both have Down syndrome have melted hearts after their sweet engagement shoot went viral. John's father David Brown, 39, said: John Rush and Shanae Nicholes, both 23 and from Ohio, have gone viral on social media after pictures of their engagement racked up 17, shares online. The young couple, who both have Down syndrome, had been dating for two years before John decided to propose to Shanae this month.