Self-Advocate Help Hotlines

Sexual Health Related

American Pregnancy Helpline: 866-942-6466; A helpline providing confidential support and information concerning teenage and young adult pregnancy.

Center for Disease Control: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636); Counselors available to answer questions about personal health issues, including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), offered in English and Spanish.

National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-243-AIDS (2437); National hotline that confidentially provides support, resources, and medical information about HIV and AIDS.

Planned Parenthood National Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7426); National hotline that offers assistance in finding local resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474; Peer advocates available 24/7/365 to offer education, support, and advocacy to teens and young adults who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. They also offer an online chat option.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); National line that talks confidentially to anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationships. They also offer an online chat option

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673); National line that connects you to a support organization near your current location for confidential support, health facilities, and long-term care referrals. They also offer an online chat option.

LGBTQ Related

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564; National hotline that confidentially provides support, information, and local resources for LGBTQ people. They also provide a youth talkline and peer chat option.

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860; A peer support hotline run by and for trans people.

The Trevor Project Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-488-7386; National LGBTQ crisis intervention and suicide prevention service, connecting you with confidential support from trained counselors. They also offer an online chat option.


Self-Advocate Online Resources

Puberty and Sexual Health Related

I Wanna Know: Information on sexual health for teens and young adults.

Kids Health: Information about puberty and health written at a comprehension level accessible to preteens.

Planned Parenthood: Information about puberty, sex, sexual health, sexual orientation, and more.

Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships information for teens and emerging adults.

Teen Health Source: Web-based resource with information regarding puberty, sexual health, and more.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Break the Cycle: Inspiring and Supporting Young People 12-24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.

Know Your IX: Survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that strives to inform about and end sexual and dating violence in schools.

LGBTQ Related

Campus Pride: By students, for students volunteer-led organization to represent and empower the LGBTQ community on college campuses.

Coming Out As You: A Trevor Project resource to help you explore your identity and decide how and what to share with others.  

Gay Straight Alliance Network: Empowers and trains queer, trans, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network): Works to improve conditions in the educational system and prevent bullying and discrimination of LGBTQ students.

Matthew’s Place: Outlet for young LGBTQ people that contains interview of queer people and their allies and information about shelters, outreach centers, and empowerment programs.

Resource Guide to Coming Out: Human Rights Campaign’s resource for sharing your LGBTQ identity with others.

Trevor Space: A social networking site for LGBTQ people ages 13-24.

Twainbow: Resource for LGBTQ people with ASD.


Self-Advocate Print Resources 

Age Range
 The Autism Spectrum Guide to   Sexuality and Relationships Guide to sexuality, relationships, and gender identity. Helps decide which type of relationship is right for the reader.  Young Adults
 Life on the Autism Spectrum – A guide   for Girls and Women Follows Alison, a girl with Asperger Syndrome, through childhood and adulthood.   Young Adults
 Sex and the Single Aspie Explains topics such as one night stands, safe sex, the double standard, and self-respect in relationships.  Young Adults
 The Growing Up Book for Boys: What   Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need   to Know! Explains the facts behind growth spurts and body and emotional changes experienced by pre-teen boys on the spectrum.  Ages 9-14
 The Growing Up Guide for Girls: What   Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need   to Know! Explains the facts behind body changes, mood swings, and other developments experienced by pre-teen girls on the spectrum.  Ages 9-14
 Things Tom Likes A book about sexuality and masturbation for boys and young men with autism and related conditions  Ages 9-16
 Things Ellie Likes This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism or related conditions about masturbation.  Ages 9-16
 Ellie Needs to Go This visual resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism and related conditions about how to use public toilets safely.  Ages 9-16
 Tom Needs to Go This visual resource helps parents and carers teach boys and young men with autism or other special needs about how to use public toilets safely.  Ages 9-16
 What’s Happening to Ellie Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods.  Ages 9-16
 What’s Happening to Tom? Follows Tom as he notices the mental and physical changes happening as he goes through puberty.  Ages 9-16

Parent Online Resources

OAR suggests that parents browse the resources for self-advocates in addition to those specifically for parents, in order to find the most relevant and useful resources for their child.

Sexual Health Related   

Charting the Course: A Family Toolkit to Help Youth with Autism Navigate Sexuality and Relationships: Comprehensive toolkit developed by Danya International to help parents guide their children on the autism spectrum through sexuality and relationship education.

Cigna: Social Skills and Sexual Education: PowerPoint presentation based on Sexual Education Workshop with Dr. Sorah Stein, BCBA-D, SCE 

The Guidelines: Guidelines for comprehensive sexuality education, developed by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a national task force of experts in the fields of adolescent development, health care, and education. Provides a framework of the key concept topics and messages that all sexuality education programs would ideally include.

The Healthy Bodies Toolkit: Guides created by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to help parents support children with disabilities through puberty. The guides are separated by gender and are available in both English and Spanish.  

Sexuality and Disability: Collection of peer-reviewed articles that relate to psychological and medical aspects of sexuality in relation to rehabilitation. 

Sexuality Education for Youth on the Autism Spectrum: A Planned Parenthood resource for parents with a child with ASD.

Sexuality and Sexuality Instruction with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities: PowerPoint discussing sexuality, self-protection, and guidelines for teaching this topic to young adults with ASD. 

LGBTQ Related

Advocates for Youth: Resource for learning how to respect, listen to, and support LGBTQ children.

American Psychological Association: Understanding sexual orientation.

Family Acceptance Project: Research, intervention, education, and policy initiatives to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQ children and youth.

PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays): Resources to help parents support LGBTQ children.

The Best Colleges: Facts and statistics on LGBTQ community on college campuses.


Parent Print Resources 

OAR suggests that parents browse the resources for self-advocates in addition to those specifically for parents, in order to find the most relevant and useful resources for their child.

 Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality Practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples’ therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries.
 Guide to Getting It On A sexuality guide, illustrated with comic book flair, used informal language and quotations to illustrate the points the author makes.
 Our Whole Lives Teaches age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
 Sexuality and Relationship Education for   Children and Adolescents with Autism   Spectrum Disorder Explains and supports children’s developing sexuality while also addressing safety issues.
 Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene,   Puberty, and Personal Curriculum for   Young People with Autism Includes simple social stories to walk caregivers though what to and not to say to children with autism when addressing hygiene, modesty, body development, menstruation, touching, personal safety, etc.
 Taking Care of Myself 2: for Teenagers   and Young Adults with ASD Covers dressing for different events, feeling anxious in social situations, public versus private behaviors, staying healthy, depression, feeling suicidal, social media issues, sexual harassment, safe and responsible sex, etc.
 The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality, and the   Law Discusses the problems that can some from the autism spectrum, sexuality, and the law.
 Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum   Disorder Academic research and personal stories about girls and women with ASD living their lives.



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