About RUA

RUA, within Callan Institute, as part of Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries, was established in November 2003, and aims to support staff and carers to enable people with intellectual disability understand sexuality and develop friendships and relationships in their lives.

RUA advocates that education and support for people with intellectual disability in the area of sexuality is a rights, health and safety, and ethical issue. Comprehensive education and daily support is the best way to ensure that people can safely enjoy expressing sexuality in what ever way is appropriate for them.

Sometimes people think it is not okay to provide sex and relationships education because some people do not have capacity to consent. It is always okay to educate people. Education is a human right. Sex and relationships education covers a wide range of subjects and education can be tailored to suit the interests and needs of individuals as appropriate.

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