Who am I? Why am I here?
I have moved through several industries: disability services, sexuality education, violence prevention, higher education, throughout my career. Since my first unsuccessful round of college, I have worked in areas adjacent to human development and education. One commonality across them? Silos.
I started in the field of intellectual and developmental disability services in 2006, got involved in human rights advocacy shortly thereafter, and became a sexuality educator - specialized in sex education for people with IDD in 2008 by training with Pat Carney and joining the DDS Sexuality Educator Network. I worked in a number of group homes where folks could have benefitted from ANY kind of education about sexuality, but felt invalidated by a system that seemed to value credentials over experience and skill. I saw (and still see) my colleagues in Network have sexuality added to their “regular” job duties - an already substantial set of tasks.