Applying Disability-Related Considerations to Program Planning

Now that you have explored disability considerations that may intersect with health behavior, you focus on designing a health behavior program for a specific population and need. Review the scenario below and begin to conceptualize how you might design a program for the need presented. As you do this, keep in mind any programmatic considerations related to the hearing impairment and how you might address or incorporate these considerations. In your community, there are 50 deaf or hearing-impaired adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18. These individuals attend special classes together at school. Teachers and school administrators have become aware of a large number of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) in this hearing-impaired adolescent group. You have been asked to help design a safe sex program to address this issue. Describe your proposed safe sex program for hearing-impairing adolescents in your community, including goals and format of the program, and resources you would need to implement the program (e.g., staff requirements, space, and equipment). Describe challenges you might face particular to this population and explain how you might address these challenges.

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