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#Relationships: Teaching Sex Ed To Students With Disabilities

Katie Hanley, head of Oak Hill’s Center for Relationship & Sexuality Education, teaches students about the different types of relationships. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre for Connecticut Public Radio

The title for today’s lesson is written on the whiteboard of this Hartford classroom: #Relationships.

The youngest student, Rory, is 17 and in a wheelchair. The other young men — Edwin, Joath, and William — are sitting at a table with a few helpers. When the topic turns to strangers, there’s a bit of levity because they know the answer. Growing up, students have learned that strangers might have bad intentions.

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