Puberty is a sensitive stage which everyone experiences and it involves a large number of changes in a person, both physical and psychological. It is as essential for disabled children to be aware of this, as it is for anybody else.

Based on this, we have started working on ‘Disability and Sexuality’ and the work is towards bringing about a positive outlook both among parents and caregivers. Since last 3-4 years Tathapi is involved in an important project on the topic of sexuality and disability and is having a constant dialogue with parents, teachers and care givers of children with special needs.

Initially we have worked with blind adolescents and developed a set of resources called ‘Gosht Sharirachi... Manachi...’ The set includes an Audio CD, a Braille book and a guidebook for parents and teachers. Recently we developed a resource for the parents and teachers of the children with mental disability, called ‘Sharir Saksharta Sarvansathi’. The book was published in a state level meeting where many parents and teachers participated across the state, on 13th–14th February 2016. The workshop was organised to discuss the need of sexuality education for intellectually challenged children and also for the care givers.

Tathapi is organising regional trainings, in coming months, for parents, teachers and caregivers of the children with intellectual disability in collaboration with the local organisations, institutes and individuals who are working with children with special needs especially children with intellectual disabilities. Body Literacy, sexuality, gender, violence and sexual abuse against these children, safety and other life skills will be the topics covered in these trainings. We appeal interested persons and institutes and organisations to contact us if you think such training is useful for your staff and the parents. Please contact Prajakta Dhumal for further details – 020 2443 1106, 9527285796.