Family Tree Clinic

Deaf, DeafBlind, & Hard of Hearing Health Education Services

Serving 800+ Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD) people state-wide per year.

Online sexuality education classes

For deaf & hard of hearing Middle and high school students

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically reduced availability & accessibility of sexuality education for our Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing students. We are here to support you and your students with their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.

We will provide 8 free online sexuality education classes for our middle & high school students who are Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing. All classes will be taught and facilitated using American Sign Language. Voice interpretation will be provided. Our program aims to positively influence sexual health by providing students effective skills and tools to feel comfortable with their bodies, confident in their knowledge, and empowered in their decision-making abilities. Our classes align with the National Health Education Standards and National Sexual Education Standards.

Middle school classes will be held on Mondays at 10am (CST) and high school classes on Wednesdays at 2pm (CST), starting next week (April 6th & 8th).

You can find more information about each class along with resources for parents/caregivers and educators here.

Contact Bethany at bgehman@familytreeclinic.org for zoom links to the classes and/or more information.

About Our Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Health Education Program

 

Our Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Health Education Program is a free service for DDBDDHHLD communities. Our educational and health advocacy services are offered to a wide range of groups and individuals at Family Tree Clinic, the metro area and throughout the state of Minnesota. Our programming aims to positively influence sexual health by helping clients feel comfortable with their bodies, confident in their knowledge, and powerful in their decision making abilities. All our presentations align with the National Health Education Standards and National Sexual Education Standards.

Sexuality is a natural component of humanity and that every person experiences sexuality from birth to death. All people have the right to education about sexuality, sexual health care, and sexual expression. Access to sexuality education is a human right. Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD) individuals are often overlooked. Through language deprivation and inaccessibility, our community members are often deprived of their rights to be fully informed and that has affected their ability to be educated about and understand their sexual health. 

It should not be a luxury to be able to understand one’s sexual health. We aim to break down barriers to services and information. We value access to fact-based information for people of all ages that is accurate, up-to-date, confidential, and relevant. All members in DDBDDHHLD communities deserve access to confidential health care services and information.

SAY 'HELLO' TO OUR WONDERFUL TEAM!
A Picture of Bethany, Corey, and Ryder, the 3 educators who work with the DDBHH program.
Our health educators are qualified and trained to work one-on-one or in groups with youth, adults, families, parents, professionals and other agencies/ organizations that serve our communities.
Our program is the only one like it in the state and the entire country that provides comprehensive sexual health educational and health advocacy services for DDBDDHHLD communities.